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A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of ... See full summary »

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Aleksi Mäkelä

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Marko Leino
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Matti
Elina Hietala Elina Hietala ... Taina
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Maisteri
Peter Franzén ... Nick Nevada
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Mirva
Kari Hietalahti ... Hammer
Jope Ruonansuu Jope Ruonansuu ... Oksanen
Jani Volanen ... Nipa
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Jorma Tapio
Toni Wahlström Toni Wahlström ... Ylianttila
Matias Hangasmaa Matias Hangasmaa ... Antti
Seppo Pääkkönen Seppo Pääkkönen ... Matin isä
Maija Junno Maija Junno ... Matin äiti
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Salmela
Jarmo Perälä Jarmo Perälä ... Mauri
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Storyline

A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of domestic violence are fictionalized sympathetically in this dramedy. Alleged exploitation/manipulation of Matti, due to his naivety and gullibility, along with deterioration of his skiing ability due to heavy drinking and bad decisions is emphasized. Many Matti malapropisms a la Yogi Berra, attributed to the Finnish skiing legend, are employed as biopic comic dialogue. Written by David Stevens

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Matis - pragaro didvyris See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanko, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the documentary of the film it is revealed that Jasper Pääkkönen performed the bridge jump himself because there was not enough money to hire a stuntman. See more »

Goofs

When Matti is entering his gold medal party in City Hall of Jyvaskyla, visible in the background is a bridge over lake Jyvasjarvi. This bridge was built much later. See more »

Quotes

Maisteri: Who are you?
Matti: Ski jumper.
Maisteri: Who will you be after ten years?
Matti: Former ski jumper.
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Referenced in Mannerheim kuulee (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Backseat
Composed by Twist-Twist Erkinharju, Teijo Kettula and Timo Nikki
Lyrics by Timo Nikki
Performed by Peer Günt
Courtesy of Warner / Chappell Music Finland
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It is so good I want to hide under the table
21 March 2009 | by tuula-1See all my reviews

I don't know if you need to be Finnish to understand this, but does the word 'myötähäpeä' translate to English? It is the feeling of being ashamed on someone else's behalf.

I know enough people like this in Finland, who think all the booze that appears within reach MUST be drunk, and also people who can be lead by their nose by their friends like they had no brains (while they do have, even if it at times seems defective).

It also has various scenes of drinking by fireside by a lake, hitchhiking, crummy local halls where bands perform, horrible clothes and suburbia that I (too) vividly remember from my own past... I feel like chewing my arm off but I cannot stop watching.

Compelling stuff indeed.


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