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One-Way Ticket to Mombasa (2002)

Menolippu Mombasaan (original title)
A cancer patient meets a new friend at the hospital, and together they escape on the adveture of their lives.


Hannu Tuomainen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Tarvainen Antti Tarvainen ... Pete
Joonas Saartamo ... Jusa
Johanna Rönnlöf Johanna Rönnlöf ... Kata
Timo Päiväsalo Timo Päiväsalo ... Father
Liisa Halonen Liisa Halonen ... Mother
Anu Hämäläinen Anu Hämäläinen ... Rosebud
Harri Kettumäki Harri Kettumäki ... Uncle
Micko Hell Micko Hell ... Vocalist
Timo Hankola Timo Hankola ... Rythm guitarist
Pekka Pyrhönen Pekka Pyrhönen ... Bass player
Seppo Nummela Seppo Nummela ... Guitar player at the end
Jussi Nikkilä ... Bass player of Cover Boys
Juha Koistinen Juha Koistinen ... Guitar player
Heikki Paasonen Heikki Paasonen ... Trummer
Tarja Saikkonen Tarja Saikkonen ... Sini
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A cancer patient meets a new friend at the hospital, and together they escape on the adveture of their lives.

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Healthy-looking cancer patients
15 January 2006 | by anna-39See all my reviews

For some reason I got the chance to watch this movie on DVD and to check some fresh faces in European movie making. The idea of a road movie in beautifully shot summerly Findand is quite tempting, and the elements of the 'last hot summer before the adulthood' are all there. Just like in Mexico's "Y tu mamá también" there are two guys interested in sex, booze and rock'n and roll, and a hot chick. Whereas "y tu mamá también" is a master piece and well acted, directed, edited and told, this movie falls short of its intentions in building a coherent drama. Acting is flat, especially the wooden love interest; the girl that goes to Lapland and is followed by the two main characters. Maybe the reason for her inexpressiveness is the poor dialogue but we are never really let to understand her feelings or her motives, and while we are meant to believe that she is the object of desire of one of the main characters, there's a complete lack of chemistry between them which made me wonder why would he ever skip a trip to Mombasa because of her. She is a nice-looking girl but seems so amateur and uncomfortable with the camera that it is almost painful to watch.

The two main characters are good to look at, and there lays one of the basic problems of the movie. They are bald, yes, but that's the only visible trace of their supposed illnesses. They run, jump, dance and have fun, and just look too healthy to be cancer patients. No medicine is that strong. The guitar boy bears a strong resemblance to Mexico's Gael García Marquez (only time will tell whether he has the same level of talent) and is given little material to work with. The real star here is Yusa, the crazy guy. Even if this character is highly exaggerated and the script lacks 'profoundness', the actor is skilled enough to put his heart and energy in the character and while he completely steals the movie (together with the outstanding Finnish countryside), he is the only real reason to keep watching it.

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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bilet do Mombasy See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR1,280,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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