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Pearls and Pigs (2003)

Helmiä ja sikoja (original title)
When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Leppilampi ... Läde
... Laura
Amanda Pilke ... Saara Mäkinen
Unto Helo ... Timo
Timo Lavikainen ... Ruho
Jimi Pääkallo ... Poju
Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Erkki 'Ukko' Valtteri Hirvonen
... Saara's Mom
Antti Reini ... Laura's Boyfriend
Antti Virmavirta ... Sika
... Limppu
... Lehikoinen
Matti Onnismaa ... Mom's Boyfriend
Risto Salmi ... Liquor Store Vendor
Marko Tiusanen ... Bailiff
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When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by her prostitute mother. A karaoke set helps reveal that the little girl is quite a singer, just as a talent contest for children is coming up on national television offering more than enough money to the winner. If only the kid weren't so hopelessly shy... Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Naurat tai itket ja naurat!

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29 August 2003 (Finland)  »

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€1,300,000 (estimated)
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During the credits the main characters are seen answering questions in a police interrogation. See more »

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References Pitkä kuuma kesä (1999) See more »

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Valehtelisin jos väittäisin
Written by Pauli Hanhiniemi
Performed by Siiri Nordin
Manus / Universal Music
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Who knew?
2 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Who knew Finnish people were funny? (Who knew they actually had electricity?)

Casual xenophobia aside I saw this as part of Edinburgh Film Festival and of the (too) many movies I saw this was second only to Old Boy on my favourites list and certainly the biggest crowdpleaser. Perhaps it's because I sat through for too many 'worthy' efforts but this really funny and had my friends, who weren't keen and came under duress, laughing throughout. A buoy of simple charms in a sea of pretension, the tale of the four brothers and their get-rich-quick schemes isn't exactly original but more than makes up for it in charm and feeling. Are all Finnish movies this good?


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