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Tango Kabaree (2001)

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 »

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Credited cast:
Aira Samulin ...
Herself
Martti Suosalo ...
Emcee (Seremoniamestari Katro)
Remu Aaltonen ...
Costume designer
Iiro Rantala ...
Pianist
Jorma Uotinen ...
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Jukka Puotila ...
Speaker
Marco Bjurström ...
Himself
Helena Lindgren ...
Makeup designer
Stefan Lindfors ...
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Ekku Peltomäki ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marja-Sisko Aimonen ...
Waitress
Diana Anttila ...
Tyttö Junassa
Tapio Elomaa ...
Airan tanssittaja
Oleg Grechney ...
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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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26 January 2001 (Finland)  »

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FIM 7,300,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Written and arranged by Olli Koskelin
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Biopic with a twist
1 January 2012 | by See 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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