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Eila (2003)

A cleaning woman decides to sue the state for illegal discharge.


Jarmo Lampela


Tove Idström
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sari Mällinen Sari Mällinen ... Eila Salonen
Ilkka Koivula ... Timo
Hannes Suominen ... Mika
Kristiina Halkola Kristiina Halkola ... Pirkko Karvinen
Johanna Kerttula Johanna Kerttula ... Mari Lainio
Kari Hietalahti ... Kai Pylkkänen
Aino Lehtimäki Aino Lehtimäki ... Laina
Irja Matikainen Irja Matikainen ... Laskupää
Juha Muje Juha Muje ... Sauli Korpivuori
Elina Hietala Elina Hietala ... Jonna
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Eero
Antti Virta Antti Virta ... Molo
Mari Koivula Mari Koivula ... Milla
Jukka Pääkkönen Jukka Pääkkönen ... Heikki
Harri Tavinen Harri Tavinen ... Heikki


Forty-something, divorced Eila works as a cleaner for the Finnish government. When the cleaning business is privatized, her colleagues go on strike against impending redundancies but end up settling their dispute on questionable terms. Eila is despised as scab until a lawyer helps her -- and hundreds of her colleagues around the country -- file a winning lawsuit against the Finnish State. Subplots include a gentle but clueless musician boyfriend and Eila's son, a juvenile delinquent just released from prison and trying to cope with his own problems. Based on true events in the 1990s when cleaning women of the former National Building Board sued the Finnish government for illegal discharges. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Tarina äidistä, elokuva rohkeudesta. (A story about a mother, a movie about courage.)









Release Date:

14 March 2003 (Finland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland


Box Office


€1,050,000 (estimated)
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Blind Spot Pictures Oy See more »
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A shade of Frank Capra in our days
16 March 2006 | by MadFishSee all my reviews

A woman who has worked all her life in the same cleaning company is discharged with no proper reason among a big group of workers. The situation is difficult as she would need money to help her son who just got out of jail.

"Eila" is a glorious anthem for the strength of community as they realize to understand the mutual and realistic goals of justice in the tough world of business. The viewer can also focus on the kind mother's individual growth who refuses to be pushed around no more.

Jarno Lampela sticks to be the very professional director of the day with this movie which would even make old Frank Capra smile.

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