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If You Love (2010)

Jos rakastat (original title)

Director:

Neil Hardwick

Writers:

Jarkko Hentula (original idea), Katja Kallio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elli Vallinoja Elli Vallinoja ... Ada Helminen
Chike Ohanwe Chike Ohanwe ... Toni
Jessica Penttilä Jessica Penttilä ... Nuori Ada
Jenni Kokander Jenni Kokander ... Mervi Takala (as Jenni Hakala)
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Adan isä
Minttu Mustakallio Minttu Mustakallio ... Adan äiti
Satu Silvo Satu Silvo ... Marja-Leena
Meri Nenonen Meri Nenonen ... Hanna
Fay Eskin Fay Eskin ... Tonin äiti
Mateus Tembe Mateus Tembe ... Tonin isä
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Ola
Sarah Kivi Sarah Kivi ... Afya
Soma Manuchar Soma Manuchar ... Inaya
Esa-Matti Loukola Esa-Matti Loukola ... Jonne
Anna Laulumaa Anna Laulumaa ... Milla
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Trivia

This musical is partly based on a fairy tale written by Sakari Topelius. The story is adapted to modern age. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Aada was 10 years old (year in movie was 1997-1998) her aunt takes her to sit in to almost brand new Chrysler Voyager, which was tagged with Europlates. Europlate first came to Finland in 2001. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Neil Hardwick - aina marginaalissa (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jos rakastat
Music by Kaj Chydenius
Lyrics by Matti Rossi
Performed by Elli Vallinoja and Chike Ohanwe
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A mediocre film with impressive musical numbers
6 December 2013 | by kone51See all my reviews

To start off, I have to say it took a good while for this movie to grow on me. Here's why; The story is really bland. Like really really bland. Not to give too much away, a girl loses her memory and falls in love with a boy, with a twist relating to her memory loss. It is not an outright bad premise, but the way it is handled in the film is rather jarring, which is not at all helped by the fact that some of the acting is at the very least awkward to watch - I can't really tell if it is meant to be that way, since the movie is rather lighthearted for the most part.

However, where the movie really shines, is its musical numbers that are either altogether new arrangements or cover versions of famous Finnish songs - and the choreography and camera work that accompanies them is rather impressive. I'm not a professional dancer so maybe I am easy to impress, but the cast in my opinion performs the musical numbers well - and most of them actually perform the vocals themselves as well. As an added bonus, many of the songs and other scenes have artists in background cameos from the artist that made the song or made it famous - try to notice all of them!

As far as musicals go, the musical part of this film is solid; I personally enjoyed almost all of the new interpretations of modern classics, the performances are great and imaginative. However, the occasionally bad acting and in my opinion poorly fleshed out framing story drag this movie down somewhat. It is worth watching for the musical scenes alone, and the story sort of grows on you after awhile as well, despite its flaws.


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Country:

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Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

6 January 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

If You Love See more »

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EUR1,583,017 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$912,617
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