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Beauty and the Bastard (2005)

Tyttö sinä olet tähti (original title)
A woman dulled with praise, Nelli is well on her way to Med-School thanks to her parents, but dreams of a career as a singer.

Director:

Dome Karukoski

Writer:

Pekko Pesonen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Tola ... Nelli
Samuel Vauramo ... Sune (as Samuli Vauramo)
Joonas Saartamo ... Kondis
Eero Milonoff ... Isukki
Jussi Nikkilä ... Mikko
Elena Leeve Elena Leeve ... Mari
Mikko Kouki ... Anssi
Mikko Leppilampi ... D.T.
Anna-Leena Härkönen ... Hilkka
Eero Saarinen Eero Saarinen ... Nellin isä
Lotta Kaihua Lotta Kaihua ... Pilvi
Laura Malmberg Laura Malmberg ... Isukin Tyttöystävä
Osla Räisänen Osla Räisänen ... Isukin lapsi
David Sandqvist David Sandqvist ... Sunen Pikkuveli
Jaana Järvinen Jaana Järvinen ... Kuoronjohtaja
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Storyline

A woman dulled with praise, Nelli is well on her way to Med-School thanks to her parents, but dreams of a career as a singer.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Bastard See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR849,302 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,125,323
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Helsinki-Filmi See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was filmed in 22 days. The budget was 850 000 Euro. See more »

Connections

References Popstars (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

PIDÄ MUSTA KII
Composed and Lyrics by Chisu (as Christel Sundberg)
Arranged by Jukka Immonen
Performed by Pamela Tola (as Nelli)
© The Fried Music
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Lousy work
23 February 2007 | by NewairbusSee all my reviews

The film depicts music industry as seen from the rap/r&b side through the co-operation of a "reluctant" bad-boy rapper and an "ambitious" uptown girl. Its clear precursor has been "8 Mile" by Curtis Hanson, but whereas that film had craziness, love, lust, violence etc., this one has maybe only weariness on the platter, judging from the views of Helsinki's East End railway backyards that we see.

The acting is juvenile. Since the main couple (very unlike Murphy/Eminem) are frozen in their roles, sidekicks who "assist" the main rapper score the few laughs and points for male bonding. They represent the kind of chauvinism that the protagonist should represent to be taken seriously as a rapper. He is no Flavor Flav, not even a chav. Since the Finnish way of life is the real backdrop, this love story could have been set to any other genre of pop; 80s synth, Eurodisco, heavy metal or folk, or in the public library, for that matter.

Some Finnish cultural personalities such as Anna-Leena Härkönen (author/actress/columnist) throw unimpressive minor side roles to the main story, but their impact could have been much bigger (sexy seduction etc.), unless they were in it just for the money.

The title of the film ('Girl, You're a *Star') comes from the eponymous 1997 recording by Finnish rock's former infant terrible, Kauko Röyhkä, which was a minor hit on the radio at the time.


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