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Levottomat (2000)

An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, ... See full summary »

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Aleksi Bardy (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Nousiainen ... Ari
Laura Malmivaara ... Tiina
Petteri Summanen Petteri Summanen ... Stig
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ... Ilona
Valtteri Roiha Valtteri Roiha ... Riku
Irina Björklund ... Hanna-Riikka
Samuli Edelmann ... Roope
Vilma Melasniemi Vilma Melasniemi ... Piia
Eija Nousiainen Eija Nousiainen ... Arin äiti
Jaana Järvinen Jaana Järvinen ... Helena
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Pera
Niina Kurkinen Niina Kurkinen ... Päivi
Kirsi Tarvainen Kirsi Tarvainen ... Tipi
Wanda Dubiel Wanda Dubiel ... Tupu
Jere Viitanen Jere Viitanen ... Roopen ja Pian poika
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Storyline

An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, and his nights are a long series of brazen one-night stands. But when Ari meets Tiina (Laura Malmivaara), something unexpected happens - he falls in love. For the first time, Ari finds himself pursuing a long-term relationship, and he makes a genuine effort to remain faithful to her. But old habits die hard; Tiina introduces Ari to her circle of friends and temptation arises as he encounters Hanna-Riikka, a theology student, and Ilona, who is soon to be married. Despite Ari's feelings for Tiina, he begins having affairs with both Hanna-Riikka and Ilona, leading to an unpleasant revelation on the day of Ilona's nuptials. Written by Mark Deming, Allrovi

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Les instables See more »

Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,632, 5 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,239, 28 January 2001
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Company Credits

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Solar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is a loose adaptation of Albert Camus' novel "The Stranger" set in present day Helsinki, which turns the story into an erotic drama. See more »

Quotes

Hanna-Riikka: Happiness doesn't need to be deserved
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Connections

Followed by Minä ja Morrison (2001) See more »

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Back to the Bottom
Written by Kärtsy Hatakka
Lyrics by Waltari
Performed by Waltari
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Softcore porn! A brilliant movie nonetheless..
30 March 2004 | by Exiled_ArchangelSee all my reviews

Levottomat is a very interesting movie. Quite unique in every sense, and sometimes steps on the border between drama and softcore porn, even if it doesn't really pass it. I found the acting to be pretty good, and the story is quite intriguing. The main character reminds me a lot of a very close friend of mine, so I couldn't keep from bursting out a laughter at times. Though this doesn't mean the movie was funny as in a comedy. Though it's still got its sad and funny sides in its own way. More like sad stuff, I would say. It's frustrating to see how those girls value their sexual joy more than their friendship. But hey buddy, this is life! :-(

The plot is handled well by the director, but could be a little better. Even a movie with such a "sexy" screenplay could have been deeper. I absolutely fell in love with the priest girl, Irina Björklund. She's very pretty, and is a great actress. And the head actor is really talented.

Levottomat is all in all a pretty good effort, in spite of being slightly commercial. I somehow do not look forward to seeing the sequels, because I have a strong feeling that the commerciality would have to be overly exaggerated if one was to make a sequel of this movie. I hope I get to see the sequels and they prove me wrong. But I have doubts about that.. Levottomat in itself is still good though. And right next door to being a classic due to its unique style.

*Recommended!*


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