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10 February 2006 (Finland) See more »
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A soap opera screenwriter writes a romance for herself and the star of the show. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Pamela Tola ... Ilona Varis
Mikko Leppilampi ... Kalle Berg / Antero

Outi Mäenpää ... Raakel
Teijo Eloranta ... Kuvanauhoittaja
Kristiina Halttu ... Reija / Seija (as Kristina Halttu)
Sari Havas ... Dialogikirjoittaja
Jarmo Hyttinen ... Enkeli (as Jami Hyttinen)
Julia Jokinen ... Kuvaussihteeri
Risto Kaskilahti ... Miksaaja

Tommi Korpela ... Apulaisohjaaja
Anu Koskinen ... Reseptionisti
Pete Lattu ... Leo
Melli Maikkula ... Burnout-kirjoittaja

Minttu Mustakallio ... Eeva
Anna Paavilainen ... Jonna
Jukka-Pekka Palo ... Kanavajohtaja Kalela
Pihla Penttinen ... Tiina
Zarkus Poussa ... Äänitehostemies
Jukka Puotila ... Taksikuski
Janne Reinikainen ... Vesa
Venla Saartamo ... Maskeeraja
Marja Salo ... Mari

Christian Sandström ... Castingohjaaja
Elina Stirkkinen ... Kirkuva näyttelijä
Juha Veijonen ... Laaksonen

Jani Volanen ... Ohjaaja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alexandra Kral-Leszczynski
Janne Kuusi ... Raakelin aviomies (uncredited)
J. Christoffer Slotte ... Puomimies / Palomies (uncredited)

Directed by
Janne Kuusi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksi Bardy 

Produced by
Svend Abrahamsen .... co-producer: Nordisk Film-&TV Fond
Erkki Astala .... co-producer: YLE co-productions
Aleksi Bardy .... producer
Olli Haikka .... producer
Riina Hyytiä .... producer
Ella Piesala .... line producer
Petri Riikonen .... post-production producer
Olli Tola .... co-producer: YLE TV2
 
Original Music by
Ilkka Talasranta 
 
Cinematography by
Pentti Keskimäki (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kimmo Kohtamäki 
 
Casting by
Tutsa Paananen 
Pia Pesonen 
 
Art Direction by
Sattva-Hanna Toiviainen 
 
Costume Design by
Tiina Kaukanen 
Helena Paavilainen  (as Helena Paavilainen-Takala)
 
Makeup Department
Muru Ritala .... makeup artist
Jonna Salonen .... makeup artist
Mari Vaalasranta .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Tiina Kunttu .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tiina Kunttu .... first assistant director
Christian Sandström .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Elina Boström .... assistant property master
Teemu Carlsson .... assistant art decorator
Juho Huttunen .... property photographer
Sampsa Hänninen .... construction coordinator
Leena Kangaskoski .... prop graphics
Sami Kaunisto .... set builder
Tomppa Kekäläinen .... constructor: fire engine
Jokke Laune .... poster designer
Otso Linnalaakso .... assistant set decorator
Kirsi Pirhonen .... painter
Oula-Heikki Rantanen .... set builder
Kaisa Saarela .... property master
Sanna Sipola .... poster designer
Timo Sulkamo .... assistant set decorator
Simo Sulva .... set builder
Joel Terho .... set deconstructor
Jari Virtala .... set deconstructor: FC Kontu
Suvi Ärling .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Jari Alakoskela .... boom operator
Juha Hakanen .... boom operator
Juha Hakanen .... sound editor
Antti Halkoaho .... assistant sound
Ilkka Kiukas .... foley artist
Tuomas Klaavo .... sound designer
Tuomas Klaavo .... sound editor
Tuomas Klaavo .... sound premixer
Kirsi Korhonen .... re-recording assistant
Heikki Kossi .... foley artist
Erik Lyden .... sound mixer
Mika Niinimaa .... re-recording assistant
Peter Nordström .... sound mixer: Meguru Film Sound
 
Special Effects by
Klaus Hedström .... special effects coordinator
Amin Kassam .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jari Hakala .... digital effects
Tuomo Hintikka .... digital effects
Tuomo Hintikka .... main title graphics
Antti Hämäläinen .... main title graphics
Juuso Selin .... main title graphics
Panu Kujala .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Vesa Laakso .... stunt double: Angel
Juha Pursiainen .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manu Haapala .... best boy grip
Jyri Hakala .... camera assistant: second unit
Juho Huttunen .... promotional photographer
Risto Hämäri .... grip: second unit
Antti Härkönen .... assistant camera
Tuukka Jouttimäki .... best boy electric
Tuukka Jouttimäki .... lighting assistant
Jari Kairamo .... best boy grip
Teemu Koivisto .... best boy electric
Teemu Koivisto .... lighting assistant
Artturi Mutanen .... camera equipment provider
Ville Muurinen .... video controller
Jolle Onnismaa .... still photographer
Jukka Talikka .... Steadicam operator
Tommi Tikanoja .... dolly grip
Pekka Uotila .... cinematographer: second unit
Juha Virtala .... pre-light electrician
Henry Wacklin .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maija Arminen .... assistant wardrobe
Susa Moilanen .... assistant wardrobe (as Susanna Moilanen)
 
Editorial Department
Tiina Aarniala .... assistant editor
Jari Hakala .... on-line editor
Kari Manns .... color grading: Finnlab
Marko Terävä .... color grading: Generator Post
Raimo Uunila .... editor: casting reel
 
Location Management
Ville Tervonen .... location scout
 
Music Department
Harri Ala-Kojola .... musician
Risto Hemmi .... music recordist: Finnvox
Ako Kiiski .... musician
Jarkko Kiiski .... musician
Kerkko Koskinen .... composer: title music
Kerkko Koskinen .... musician
Antti Lehtinen .... musician
Erik Lyden .... music mixer: Tulisuudelma
Erik Lyden .... musician
Marzi Nyman .... musician
Tomi Pietilä .... music recordist: Studio Petrax
Heikki Pohto .... musician
Lenni-Kalle Taipale .... musician
Ilkka Talasranta .... musician
Jukka Tiirikainen .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Jouni Kortesato .... make-up bus driver
Harri Nieminen .... make-up bus driver
Mervi Päivinen .... runner driver
 
Other crew
Satu Aatela .... production coordinator: FS Film Oy
Jaska Erkinheimo .... studio rigger
Tommi Gröhn .... film printing
Jani Halme .... marketing director: FS Film Oy
Lasse Hyyti .... executive director: FS Film Oy
Tia Jaakola .... production assistant (as Tia Jaakkola)
Anna Järvinen .... marketing assistant
Katja Kaikkonen .... financial assistant
Pauli Kairismaa .... coordinator
Sonja Karvonen .... translator: dialogue
Maria Kauhanen .... marketing assistant
Kalle Kotila .... animated title designer
Kalle Kotila .... logo designer
Atte Laurila .... marketing director
Martti Lehelä .... car rental
Heikki Mähönen .... supervisor: control room and multicamera
Heikki Mähönen .... video coordinator
Tuula Nikkola .... script supervisor
Jere Pellinen .... marketing assistant
Timo Puolitaipale .... translator: script
Laura Reijonen .... finances
Jorma Reinilä .... controller
Lasse Rosengren .... legal affairs
Sanna Räsänen .... caterer
Olli Soinio .... production support: Finnish Film Foundation
Ville Tervonen .... coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Saippuaprinssi" - Finland (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Referenced in "Huuma: Episode #2.18" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"It's Like A Romantic Comedy, Without The Romance And The Comedy!", 7 February 2009
Author: The Emperor's Bride from Helsinki, Finland

Saippuaprinssi is a movie about the timid Ilona (Tola) - an amateur wannabe-actress, who incidentally joins the writing staff of a popular daytime soap opera, and falls in love with the hunky star of the show, Kalle (Leppilampi). She soon discovers two things about Kalle: he is a genuinely talented actor who does not enjoy acting in the trashy show, and he's secretly romantically involved with the head writer of the show - the iron-willed Raakel (Mäenpää). To steal her new beloved from the claws of the harpy-like Raakel, Ilona puts her writing skills into action to make Kalle's character in the series prefer a character who resembles her over a character who resembles Raakel. Raakel answers fire with fire, and soon a war occurs between the two rivaling women, with the battle taking place both in the fictional world of the soap opera and in the real one. Evidently, there is room for only one strong woman both in Kalle's heart, and on the set of the series, which becomes wackier and wackier as the war between Ilona and Raakel progresses.

Aside from Mäenpää's marvelous comedic performance as the monstrous Raakel and a hilarious subplot involving a group of young over-the-top avant-garde thespians, there's not much I can say for the movie's advantage. The premise sounds delicious, but the execution is disappointing. Not only is the movie simply unfunny and essentially one-layered, the plot suffers from basic-level technical mistakes like incoherence and plain messiness. The worst thing about the movie is that, due to the shoddy writing, the main characters come off plain dislikable, when they should be genuinely agreeable in order to make the audience give a damn.

Take the leading lady of the movie, Ilona, for an example. The audience is apparently supposed to side with her, even though she comes off as a self-righteous, self-contradicting hypocritical person, who thinks she has a right to meddle with Kalle's life simply because she has a crush on him, and accuses Raakel of being possessive and controlling when she's doing the exact same thing herself. Why should the audience root for her - or for Kalle, who comes off as a spineless idiot who can't even live his own life? Naturally, a love story between characters like these can't be interesting or likable - especially since the movie never shows why these two like each other to begin with, and why the audience should care. The relationship is never fully developed, which is why Ilona's sudden demand to steal Kalle from Raakel by any means possible seems just intrusive and unreasonable.

Interestingly enough, the only character I found relatable and likable in the movie was the main antagonist, Raakel. Thanks to the acting skills of the superb Outi Mäenpää, who makes the character both funny and slightly vulnerable, Raakel has more character and depth to her than Ilona and Kalle have combined. So again, why should the audience prefer the phony Ilona and the whiny Kalle over this strong, witty woman who at least is shown having credible reasons for doing the things she does, as questionable as they might be? Furthermore, I do not like the way the movie pits the middle-aged Raakel against the twenty-something Ilona and makes them fight over the same guy, as though to indicate that when an older woman dates and dominates a younger man, she's a possessive she-devil, but when a younger woman does the same thing, she's just in love. Really, Raakel and Ilona treat Kalle exactly the same way, so the only thing that marks the difference between the heroine and the villainess is the age difference. So, what? Age does matter? Men shouldn't date older women? People in general shouldn't date people who are slightly older than them? Strong middle-aged women are bad? I know I'm probably reading too much into this, but what else was I supposed to think? Disregarding the whole likability factor, the character development is overall rather lousy, and even illogical. For example, Ilona starts off as a timid wallflower, and then she suddenly turns into a confident young woman (complete with the classic "from glasses to contacts" transformation) in the middle of the movie, and yet the change is never directly shown, nor gradually indicated. It just happens. Overall, both Ilona and Kalle remain so distant to the viewer that it's virtually impossible to care about either one, whether they're together or apart. And because of that, it's very difficult to care about the movie in general.

So, in a nutshell, 'Saippuaprinssi' was a huge disappointment to me. The idea sounded clever, but it's not funny, the characters are not likable enough, and the plot is just all over the place. It's trying to be like a Hollywood-like romantic comedy, but it lacks all the technical requirements and genuine charm of the aforementioned. I wish they'd stop trying to incorporate Hollywood storytelling and cinematic conventions into Finnish cinema, because it just doesn't work. It only looks awkward.

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