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Tango Cabaret (2001)

Tango Kabaree (original title)
A fictitious biography of Aira Samulin, the goddess of dance and importer of all the international dance crazes to Finland for some fifty years. The life story of this extravagant ever-teen... See full summary »


Pekka Lehto


Jaakko Heinimäki (screenplay), Tarja Jakunaho (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Aira Samulin Aira Samulin ... Self
Martti Suosalo ... Emcee (Seremoniamestari Katro)
Remu Aaltonen Remu Aaltonen ... Costume designer
Marja Korhonen
Iiro Rantala Iiro Rantala ... Pianist
Jorma Uotinen Jorma Uotinen ... Choreographer
Jukka Puotila Jukka Puotila ... Speaker
Marco Bjurström Marco Bjurström ... Self
Helena Lindgren Helena Lindgren ... Makeup designer
Stefan Lindfors Stefan Lindfors ... Set designer
Ekku Peltomäki Ekku Peltomäki ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marja-Sisko Aimonen Marja-Sisko Aimonen ... Waitress
Diana Anttila Diana Anttila ... Tyttö Junassa
Tapio Elomaa Tapio Elomaa ... Airan tanssittaja
Oleg Grechney Oleg Grechney ... Katumuusikko #2


A fictitious biography of Aira Samulin, the goddess of dance and importer of all the international dance crazes to Finland for some fifty years. The life story of this extravagant ever-teen, well beyond the usual retirement age, is told inside a fictitious plot about a Master of Ceremonies trying to persuade Aira to stage a show at his cabaret restaurant. Besides Aira Samulin, many other Finnish celebrities appear among the eccentric lineup auditioning for the show, playing more or less their fictionalised selves. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Biopic with a twist
1 January 2012 | by mart-45See all my reviews

This is a highly interesting and alternative way to stage a biopic of a still living person, using her in the title role. What could easily have turned into a mockery or a rather tacky Joan Rivers-like "Me Me Me" outpouring, has successfully emerged into an entertaining and informative piece of surreal filmmaking, which conveys the life and emotions of the subject (Miss Samulin) to the viewer effortlessly, albeit in a somewhat dangerous and to many tastes sacrilegious fashion. I know Miss Samulin to be an eternal, almost immortal beauty, the toast of every party, the embodiment of vitality and charm; now I also know her to be a very sensitive actress and a brave woman to expose some of the dramatic and tragic aspects of her life to the public without any sentimentalism, sometimes in the dressing of grotesque. The film is a Fellini-like journey into the subconscious alternative reality; I have no idea how this would work, if one wouldn't know, that instead of being a witty mockumentary, it is an actual cinematic portrait of a real woman. Perhaps it would work even better.

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Release Date:

26 January 2001 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Airan Kabaree See more »

Filming Locations:

Askola, Finland See more »


Box Office


FIM7,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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