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August (2011)

Elokuu (original title)
Summer begins, Aku graduates high school and faces a great emptiness. As his girlfriend, parents and friends all leave the city, it looks to be the dullest summer ever. Everything changes ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eppu Pastinen ...
Aku
Lina Turkama ...
Juli
Zagros Manuchar ...
Freda
Niina Koponen ...
Erika
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Johanna
Ilkka Heiskanen ...
Isä
Henrika Andersson ...
Äiti
Juha Lagström ...
Hannu
Markku Maalismaa ...
Risto
Heikki Ranta ...
Timppa
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Eero
Matleena Kuusniemi ...
Sari
Jaana Joensuu ...
Sointu
Mika Kurvinen ...
Kalle
Misa Lommi ...
Nainen baarissa
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Summer begins, Aku graduates high school and faces a great emptiness. As his girlfriend, parents and friends all leave the city, it looks to be the dullest summer ever. Everything changes at Midsummer when Aku meets Juli, a beautiful, strange and wild girl. Juli asks Aku for a ride to eastern Finland. Aku agrees - without any idea what he's getting himself into. Written by Anonymous

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€830,000 (estimated)
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References Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) See more »

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Lupaus kesästä
written by Joel Melasniemi & Terhi Kokkonen
performed by Scandinavian Music Group
courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Finland
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A midsummer dream
10 September 2011 | by (Londinium) – See all my reviews

Elokuu, meaning 'August'... Is an engaging, gentle coming of age film. A lot of thought must have gone into the atmospheric cinematography ( From Mr.Joonas Pulkkanen ) of a blissful, near magical Scandinavian summer. As the fairly naive, contemplative middle class protagonist school leaver, 'Aku' explores his existential, more rebellious romantic self. The film begins with his long term girlfriend and family leaving him to his own devices - and after a friend tells him... 'that life is fleeting' And from the stresses of final exams - the City teenager starts to question his own choices and future career path and seemingly affluent parental lifestyle, that he will eventually mirror. On a road journey through the remote Finnish countryside with a mysterious, free spirited chance encounter. The film probably ends realistically, but fails to excite or escape it's bourgeois underpinnings or stereotypes - on either side of the camera. The films story arch becomes problematic and for me at least... far too melodramatic and drawn out in the final third. But still, Elokuu is an interesting and entertaining little film, from writer/director Mr.Oskari Sipola. Well worth a viewing.


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