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Frozen City (2006)

Valkoinen kaupunki (original title)
In a dark and cold Helsinki, an unlucky taxi driver Veli-Matti struggles to maintain relationships with his children and estranged wife. Sometimes, losing everything is just a beginning.


Aku Louhimies
11 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ... Velimatti
Susanna Mikkonen Susanna Mikkonen ... Hanna
Aada Hämes Aada Hämes ... Aada
Santeri Nuutinen Santeri Nuutinen ... Santtu (as Santtu Nuutinen)
Viivi Hämes Viivi Hämes ... Viivi
Jari Pehkonen Jari Pehkonen ... Seppo
Jarmo Keskevaari Jarmo Keskevaari ... Porttivahti (as Jarmo Keskivaari)
Jukka Holm Jukka Holm ... Vartija
Eric Le Roux Eric Le Roux ... Jean
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Naapuri
Hannele Lauri Hannele Lauri ... Leena
Sari Havas Sari Havas ... Riitta
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Lastenvalvoja
Matti Siitonen Matti Siitonen ... Eläinkauppias (as Matti Fredi Siitonen)
Hanna-Riikka Siitonen Hanna-Riikka Siitonen ... Hymyilevä Nainen


Veli-Matti is a taxi driver whose violent temper will get him into a lot of trouble. He seems to be the perfect nice guy when with his children, even though his wife has vanished when their youngest child was only a couple of months old. When she returns after an unexplained two-month absence, he realizes they cannot go on to live as if nothing happened; he suggests he moves out and they both move on with their lives. This puts the loving father of three in a weaker position where the kids are concerned: he fights for a fifty-fifty settlement but his wife wants a settlement that will suit her better, even if she was the one who abandoned the family for two months. He tries to do what he can for his children, despite a chronic lack of time and resources, and his actions play like a crash-course in low-budget single parenting: he makes bread buns with his kids, reads to them, takes them on adventures in his dark and unfurnished new flat, cooking pancakes in a pan on a fire inside a pot.... Written by Boyd van Hoeij

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Kaiken menettäminen on vasta alku.


Drama | Romance

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Did You Know?


Shot on handheld digital video with a very low budget. Director Aku Louhimies estimates that the technical equipment cost less than 1,000 euros. Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen describes the cameras used in the film as "Mickey Mouse cameras", so editing and color grading became very important. See more »


Spun-off from Irtiottoja (2003) See more »


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Written by César Franck
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A good movie about a very important issue
18 June 2007 | by tchebSee all my reviews

Quite a good movie about a very important issue: Fathers' custody rights. I'm very happy to see that some care enough to make such a passionate movie about it. I don't know if the DV format was an aesthetic or economical choice but that was my main beef with the movie. I know it kind of enhanced the cold atmosphere but that's one rule I'm adamant about. DV for home video, 35mm for theater, that's it, that's all. Other than that, I loved the characters and the complexity of their actions. The sex scenes were some of the most intense ones I have ever seen. You can almost touch all the love, hate and despair in the couple.

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Frozen City See more »

Filming Locations:

Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR20,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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