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A comedy-drama, King Rat examines the possibility that years after graduation - whether it's ten years or thirty - we may be stuck with the same issues we had before crossing that stage at commencement.
Lauren Ashley Carter
One night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct Ketola from his home in Finland. Beaten and forced to walk the Eternal Road towards a foreign Soviet Russia, his only dream is to return to his family cost it what it may.
Sidse Babett Knudsen,
Upon discovering that her husband is having an affair, a Helsinki gynecologist attempts to gather more knowledge about her rival and, in the process, becomes hopelessly entangled in the other woman's life.
The cast are mostly Finnish actors, but three are Estonian: Maarja Jakobson, Külliki Saldre, and Kene Vernik. See more »
Story of a high school graduate (Juri played by Max Ovaska) who is addicted to computer games. After her girlfriend (Mia played by Niina Koponen) threatens to leave him, if he does not stop playing and choose her, Juri gets frustrated and decides to stop playing. Soon after he is contacted by another player, that has been missing. Niki (Julius Lavonen) is a mysterious character whose appearance is almost identical with Juri's.
Niki seems to be troubled with a game he has been playing. He needs a safe place to stay at for some time. Juri decides to help him, and eventually finds web address tattooed on Niki's arm. Juri chooses to try where the address takes him, and he ends up playing a weird game, with different tasks. Niki decides to help Juri in his tasks, but at the same time, they end up changing identities, mixing them together.
The very beginning of the story seems distant and cold. Mainly because of the depressive and majestic movie score by Lauri Porra. Cinematography by Mika Orasmaa is dark and atmospheric. All this darkness seems to be a little too much, and the storyline ends up suffering from it. It seems clumsy.
Director Petri Kotwica has collected several awards in his homeland Finland, and abroad. He is one of the new directors on the front-line, seeking to succeed internationally. Rat King seems to borrow a lot from American High School thrillers, and lacks Finnish touch. One of the reasons may be that, the film has been filmed in Estonia. Even the country is neighboring Finland, the atmospheres and locations have different feeling to them. However, this is a reason, the film does not really 'feel' Finnish.
By the end of the film the story starts moving on. It gets intense toward the end, and the identity play gets to it's end, and makes the viewer gasp. The film has certainly has its thrill, suspense, and action, which is quite rare for a Finnish film. Even though it lacks originality, it may be one of the most entertaining films from Finland in 2012.
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