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Short and sweet
ville-5 from Finland
14 March 2007
Jalmari Helander continues his series of short fantasy films with
Fakiiri (The Fakir), and this seems more polished and more to the point
than his previous films. Helander has filmed unordinary stories before
with Santa Claus hunters in "Rare Exports" and this film doesn't stray
from that path although this isn't as popcornish than "Rare Exports"
with less dialogue and lack of clichés.
The story features a guardian angel (Jorma Tommila playing pretty much
his usual character), who unlike the archetypal Frank Capra angels in
films and TV shows, is rude and seemingly not very protective of his
protégé, the fakir (Manninen) who does very dangerous tricks in his
The film relies on this twisted guardian angel theme and in the end is
really about (not) taking responsibility of your own life.
There's really nothing negative I can come up regarding this film. The
cinematography, lightning, props and even the credits provide a
believable atmosphere of early 20th century rural Finland, and the film
is certainly not stretched in its 10+ minute runtime.
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