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Napapiirin sankarit (2010)

A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip... See full summary »

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Dome Karukoski

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Pekko Pesonen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Tola ... Inari Juntura
Jussi Vatanen ... Janne
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Kapu
Timo Lavikainen ... Tapio Räihänen
Konsta Mäkelä Konsta Mäkelä ... Hatunen
Sinikka Mokkila Sinikka Mokkila ... Jannen äiti
Erkki Hetta Erkki Hetta ... Jannen isä
Asko Sahlman Asko Sahlman ... Martti Juntura
Kari Ketonen ... Pikku-Mikko
Miia Nuutila Miia Nuutila ... Marjukka
Rinna Paatso ... Marjukan kaveri
Moa Gammel ... Anna
Anna-Leena Härkönen ... Reseptionisti
Camilla Jacobsen Camilla Jacobsen ... Seireeni 1
Jane Timglas Jane Timglas ... Seireeni 2
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A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip on life. Janne wasn't even able to buy a digital TV box that Inari had given money for. Inari gives an ultimatum: a digital box needs to arrive by dawn or she leaves. Janne sets out into the night with his two friends to find a box. On their way to the city of Rovaniemi, Janne and his friends face many challenges, obstacles and temptations. They learn that they need to be daring. There's no room to give into bitterness. The most important thing isn't success, but rather the journey in itself. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Lapland Odyssey See more »

Filming Locations:

Kolari, Finland See more »

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€1,700,000 (estimated)
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KIITOS KUN MUISTIT
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A dull farce comedy packed with usual Finnish clichés
1 January 2013 | by ernestiSee all my reviews

Napapiirin sankarit is an overly hyped Finnish movie that was said to portray a life of Finnish men. Well firstly the main characters in this film are hollow caricatures of the group of people they portray. They are nothing but stupid and live on welfare. That just seems boring and offensive enough and just every aspect of the plot is made clear in the beginning. I only found myself smiling a few times but that doesn't really make a good comedy because the film itself was dragging all the way.

It felt like the film lacked many elements that make it watchable and smooth. Firstly the characters weren't all that interesting, they just were plain stupid. Now that isn't enough for a viewer to actually care about them. Secondly the plot seriously needed more depth to it to make it last for the 90 minutes. Thirdly it seems like the script was written in a day as it isn't that complex. Fourthly the old and used clichés should have been avoided because this film is just full of them.

Lastly, all Finnish movies need some Russian character to misbehave or just remind of the second world war. It's amazing how many clichés can be packed in just one movie.

Of course i understand that in farce comedies everything seems to go wrong but at least it should be funny. I don't know that would i actually need a mindset of a woman to actually find the overall silliness of the men really funny.


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