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The Kiss of Evil (2011)
"Vares - Pahan suudelma" (original title)

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Anu Sinisalo ...
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Arto Ronimus
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Lahtipoika
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Iina Kuustonen ...
Tuikku Sylvin
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Vares - Ondskans kyss  »

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Initially Juha Veijonen was announced to play the leading role of Jussi Vares as in the earlier Vares films, but in March 2010 it was announced that he was unable to reprise the role and the replacement will be Antti Reini. See more »

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Follows Vares: Private Eye (2004) See more »

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Fun to Watch!
7 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Scandinavian "Mystery" genre is amazing. There are astonishingly good series that come out of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. "Private Eye Vares" is one of them. And it is one of the best. A number of "movies" in this series were made starting in 2011 (they're hard to find on IMDb; look for them under lead actor Antti Reini).

These are very, very noir, down to the Sam Spade-like voice-over in first-person narrative. It's a modern-day Dashiell Hammett. But there is also a lot of humor here, and the humor translates well for the English-speaking audience. There's really nothing more fun to watch than Antti Reini as Jussi Vares. But let's not stop there, all the actors -- all the characters -- are wonderful. Jussi's band of brothers includes a former pastor who now owns a bookstore, a writer of bad fiction novels, a tabloid journalist, and a police homicide investigator. They're mostly a group of adorable, well-meaning, and clever, if scuzzy, drunks. Other equally captivating characters come and go.

The stories are complicated, challenging, and often surprising. I'll be up front that they can be quite violent. But Reini is so endearing as the lead character, I put up with the brutality. Vares is tough, but sweet (he loves cats!), and smart... He's so very smart. And... let's face it... he's incredibly sexy. He seems like a winner, but has a whiff of a loser about him. So he's complicated and ambiguous. And maybe not the kind of guy you really want to bring home. Or... maybe he is....

It's a dark world that Vares and his pals occupy. But they are fun to watch!

Thanks to MHz Worldview International Mystery for airing these. http://www.mhznetworks.org/programs/mystery-drama


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