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Restless (2000)

Levottomat (original title)
For Ari, nothing feels like anything. He doesn't do relationships, doesn't do attachments. There's only sex. That is until he meets Tiina. Together with Tiina and her closest circle of friends, this could be their last summer of freedom.


Aku Louhimies


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


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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Sad in its portrayal of the lives of 20-something Finns
27 May 2005 | by sjokekSee all my reviews

After having seen this film three times, I am still wondering... is this all there is? The film depicts Finland in a way that is quite unknown to most foreigners. Yes, Finland is full of depressed, melancholic, pathetic individuals, and this film doesn't actually prove anyone wrong. Still, 'Levottomat' is full of sunshine and wonderful, positive portrayals of southern Finland... put as positively as possible, with all the academic and non-academic screw-ups who - in all their restlessness and despite the sunshine - are just looking for the same things as everyone else. Slightly unrealistic like all films but also very truthful in its depiction of the lives of the 20-something people from Finland. Sad really. And in case you were wondering... yes. Even gorgeous lead-actresses have cellulite. At least in Finland.

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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Restless See more »

Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland


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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,632, 5 November 2000

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Solar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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