A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip...
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A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There's no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey in itself. Written by
The genre is immediately apparent: it's a "three or four dumb guys spend a wild night getting into a series of ridiculous predicaments" flick, though in this case the guys are in Finnish Lapland, a wildly beautiful wilderness whose inhabitants endure some of the hardest climatic and economic conditions in Scandanavia. The film has the faults typical of its genre: much the the humor is silly, and some of the action scenes aren't very realistic. The film gains an interest beyond what's typical of its genre by the Lapland landscape's bleak grandeur, which is brilliantly painted by the cinematography of Pini Hellstedt, and by the acting of Jussi Vatanen, a leading Finnish actor whose performance at first may seem understated for a comedy, but who by the end achieves a Chaplin-like comic pathos. Those sensitive to feminine pulchritude will also appreciate the presence of the extremely fetching Pamela Tola as the female lead. The image quality on the Artsploitation Films Region 1 DVD is very good (it's a standard DVD which I watched on a Blu-Ray player,) though it would be worth while watching this on Blu-Ray if it ever is re-issued in that format, the better to appreciate the spectacular landscape photography. In Finnish with English subtitles. The DVD comes with an insert which gives interesting background information on the film and an interview with the director, though much of the text is in irritatingly tiny print. Advisories: occasional language, a couple of mildly explicit adult situations, but basically pretty tame for the genre.
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