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Rosso (1985)

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

Writers:

Dante Alighieri (monologue), Aki Kaurismäki (monologue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Väänänen ... Rosso
Martti Syrjä ... Martti
Leena Harjupatana Leena Harjupatana ... Maria
Mirja Oksanen Mirja Oksanen ... La Raggazza
Maija-Liisa Majanlahti Maija-Liisa Majanlahti ... La cassiera di banca
Orazio Anelli Orazio Anelli ... Il capo
Arli Fiila Arli Fiila ... Il padre
Liisa Kalliomaa Liisa Kalliomaa ... La madre
Leean Langri Jr. Leean Langri Jr. ... Il commerciante di armi (as Langri Jr.)
Giuseppe Leocata Giuseppe Leocata
Antonio Rosalio Antonio Rosalio
Giuseppe Rosario Giuseppe Rosario
Tauno Pollari Tauno Pollari
Matti Ahonen Matti Ahonen
Pentti Halonen ... (as Pertti Halkonen)
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Storyline

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 apartment is deserted, he runs into her brother Martti and, although not speaking each other's language, together they go to find her... Written by Karlo "Zapi" Bosnjak

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Genres:

Drama | Crime

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Italian | Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Reise in die Finsternis See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only line spoken by Marja is a single "Ciao" at the end. See more »

Crazy Credits

Credits are in italian, althought the film is Finnish See more »

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Featured in Mika Kaurismäki, elokuvaohjaaja (2015) See more »

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La Traviata
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adrift in Finland
31 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The best way to approach this disarming Finnish import is to imagine a mock existential road movie, set in and around Helsinki, where a burned-out Sicilian gunman is given orders to redeem himself by killing a woman who was once his lover. Of course nothing proceeds as expected, for either the reluctant assassin or for unsuspecting viewers. Against his better judgment, the hapless killer joins forces with his intended target's irrepressible brother, and despite the language barrier between them begins an aimless quest the length and breadth of Scandinavia, at first for the elusive, beautiful Marja, but finally for any way out of his spiritual crisis. In the end he finds neither, and as a result the film is little more than a low-key (if often engaging) shaggy dog story, drawing from both European and American role models, but shaded with a lackadaisical midnight sun mentality.


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