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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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Did You Know?


The second time assistant director Ray Corbett has worked in Finland as a part of the location film crew. The first was White Nights (1985) 15 years earlier, including scenes shot in Helsinki, Parainen and Pori (to stand in for Leningrad and Siberia). Restless (2000) was shot in Turku. See more »


Hanna-Riikka: Happiness doesn't need to be deserved
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Followed by Levottomat 3 - kun mikään ei riitä (2004) See more »


Beat Rocking
Written by Jaakko Salovaara
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ambivalence to the core
17 March 2001 | by cranesareflyingSee all my reviews

The subject of this film is "ambivalence" to the core - exquisitely photographed by Mac Ahlberg, excellent ensemble acting led by Mikko Nousiainen as Ari, well written, witty, and deceptively clever on multiple levels, sexy, but not exploitive, featuring a kind of existential numbness to the beauty and meaning of the world spinning around Ari, who, while extremely attractive and intelligent, just doesn't have a clue about any sense of values or distinguishing importance about the people in his life, professionally or personally, whose lives are nearly destroyed by his self-centered, personally indulgent, yet unsatisfied life style, which freely allows him to pick up and screw other friend's girl friends without regard for the disastrous consequences, who lives in a perpetual state of lovelessness, sex for the sake of sex, so to speak, knowing virtually nothing about his partners, the less the better, such is the state of his emotional uninvolvement. The film links his sexual exploration with his quest for spiritual redemption, which, personally, I found a bit premature, as a guy like Ari will always be a wandering soul, an existential nomad, especially when his needs are strangled by so-called mainstream relationships. This is kind of a MAD MAX with sex rather than cars, as Ari is wandering through the same wastelands... I loved the music, and if anyone can turn me on to a soundtrack CD, I found none available in the states.


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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Les instables 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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