7.1/10
479
2 user 2 critic

Valehtelija (1981)

Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

Director:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Arvottomat (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas
Ariel (1988)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Finnish man goes to the city to find a job after the mine where he worked is closed and his father commits suicide.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman's terribly dull life is upended by a one-night stand pregnancy, causing her to seek retribution.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Kati Outinen, Matti Pellonpää, Kirsi Tykkyläinen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a coworker, a love affair and much more.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Markku Toikka, Aino Seppo, Esko Nikkari
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley
Saimaa-ilmiö (1981)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary of three Finnish bands on tour around lake Saimaa. Bands on boat are Hassisen Kone, Eppu Normaali and Juice Leskinen Slam.

Directors: Aki Kaurismäki, Mika Kaurismäki
Stars: Juice Leskinen Slam, Eppu Normaali, Hassisen Kone
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An exodus to a better life in Eira

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Timo Eränkö, Kari Heiskanen, Asmo Hurula
Rosso (1985)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Giancarlo Rosso, a Sicilian hit man, gets a job to kill someone in Finland. His new target is Maria. Rosso arrives in Helsinki, buys weapons, and comes in hers apartment. After seeing that ... See full summary »

Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Stars: Kari Väänänen, Martti Syrjä, Leena Harjupatana
Juha (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, André Wilms
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Evelyne Didi, André Wilms
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ville Alfa
Pirkko Hämäläinen ... Tuula
Juuso Hirvikangas ... Juuso
Lars Lindberg ... Harri
Esa Sirkkunen ... Olli
Jukka Järvelä ... Man at Bar Counter
Marja Heiskanen ... Kiosk Vendor
... Friend of Chandler
Mikko Mattila ... Friend of Hemingway
Taina Nyström ... Girl in Pavement Café
Eija Vilpas ... Woman at Bar Counter
Toni Sulzbeck ... Bum
Juhani Tommola ... Doorman
Reino Markkanen
Paula Kaurismäki
Edit

Storyline

Talkative, hyperactive young drifter Ville Alfa goes around Helsinki, basically trying to borrow money from friends and strangers by means of an incessant delivery of quirky and snappy quasi-intellectual lines and fabricated excuses.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

28 February 1981 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Der Lügner  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Hyppää Popedaan
Written by Jukka Mikkola and Markku Paretskoi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very French
16 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Valehtelija (1981)

Valehtelija is an enjoyable pastiche of Breathless and other French New Wave films in which Aki Kaurismaki plays Ville Alfa, a young man with exceptional lying skills and a way with words. He treats people - his girlfriend and family members - badly and is extremely selfish. I found him both funny and sad.

Thanks to the clever writing and direction, the movie is quite successful in making Helsinki feel like Paris of the 60s. Ville Alfa's friends are intellectuals who are talking about literature and just hanging out, taking it easy. They bring some nice humor to their scenes.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial