The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship ...
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The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship got frictious for a long time. The film covers the years from 1949 to 1965 (Helismaa's death). Since the film is based on real-life persons it also tells much about the change in Finland during those years and of course much about Finnish popular music.Written by
This movie is one of my favorite's. The man Tapio Rautavaara is true a legend. Superb athlete(Olympic Gold medalist and world champion), great musician and charismatic actor.
Tapio Liinoja suits very well in his role as Rautavaara, but the best part is his musician-partner Reino Helismaa. This is Martti Suosalo's best performance what i have seen and he adopts perfectly Reino Helismaa's role as touring comic and fantastic songwriter. Timo Koivusalo is not my favorite directors, but he really does it this time. And i think he really uses the old methods like in SF movies very well and it makes it like good old time Finnish entertainment. Only bad thing to say about this movie is that you have to know quite much about Finnish movie history. But very good that my hero "Tapsa" Rautavaara is remembered this way.
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