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Popular Music (2004)

Populärmusik från Vittula (original title)
Two boys grow up together in the town of Pajala during the 1960s. United by rock'n'roll music.


Reza Bagher


Reza Bagher (screenplay), Erik Norberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Enderfors Max Enderfors ... Matti 15 år / yo
Andreas af Enehielm Andreas af Enehielm ... Niila 15 år / yo
Niklas Ulfvarson Niklas Ulfvarson ... Matti 7 år / yo
Tommy Vallikari Tommy Vallikari ... Niila 7 år / yo
Björn Kjellman ... Greger
Göran Forsmark ... Birger
Jarmo Mäkinen ... Isak / Niila's father
Sten Ljunggren ... Farfar
Gustav Wiklund Gustav Wiklund ... Ryssi-Jussi
Kati Outinen ... Päivi / Niila's mother
Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala ... Farmor / Grandmother
Carina M. Johansson Carina M. Johansson ... Solveig
Carla Abrahamsen Carla Abrahamsen ... Maggan
Ville Kivelä Ville Kivelä ... Erkki
Filip Pachucki Filip Pachucki ... Holgeri (as Filip Pachuchi)


Matti and Niila, growing up in the mid-sixties in the harsh and conservative environment of a Finnish-speaking part of Tornedalen in Swedish Laponia, close to the Finnish border. Their big dream is to become rock stars. In the present the now grown-up Matti feels guilt for the death of his drug-addicted rock star friend Niila. Written by Cineuropa

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One of the families Birger tells Matti he has to hate on the basis of honor is the Niemi family, which of course is the family of the original book's author Mikael Niemi. See more »


A local store display the front page of the daily newspaper "Nya Norrland" who was sold in Sollefteå and the surrounding area, 700 kilometers from Tornedalen. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Mars Bonfire
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Wonderful movie from Sweden
1 October 2006 | by maria-kominiSee all my reviews

The movie came out here in our city before 9 months but only some small cinemas showed it. It wasn't easy to find a cinema so I waited till the DVD was out. I rented the DVD last night and I have to admit that I wanted to watch that movie since over 4 months but never found it at my place. I laughed, I felt disgusted, I had silent moments and maybe even a small tear dropped out of my eye ;). And that is what I expect from a good movie - it has to touch me inside and make me wanting to talk about it. The movie has many raw scenes but at the same time also subtle moments. It is about friendship, become and being a man and follow your dreams - it is raw and poetic! And I saw it today again to get every detail of that wonderful movie.

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Musique rock de Vittula See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalix, Norrbottens län, Sweden See more »


Box Office


EUR2,224,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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