5.9/10
202
1 user 9 critic

Mieletön elokuu (2013)

August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political background of the Cold War. Elsa (Kati Outinen), a middle-aged hat maker and part-time clairvoyant, is apparently in total ... See full summary »

Director:

Taru Mäkelä

Writer:

Raija Talvio
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Valtteri and Sepe, two ordinary white-collar guys from southern Finland drive up north to implement a plan they've been hatching for months. Because they simply love the taste of lamb, ... See full summary »

Director: Seppo Huunonen
Stars: Leo Lastumäki, Heikki Kinnunen, Pentti Auer
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Matt Lucas, Anna Friel
Liian paksu perhoseksi (TV Movie 1998)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Heavily built young woman Kaisu comes to work in a small grocery store in the countryside, run by a bossy old lady and her tiny and quiet grown-up son Erni. Faced with a common enemy, the ... See full summary »

Director: Heidi Köngäs
Stars: Kaarina Hazard, Mika Nuojua, Liisamaija Laaksonen
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Paul Demange
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The year is 1962. Erik, his newly aquainted friend Edmund and his grown-up brother Henry are going to spend their summer holiday in a fairly decayed house just near the lake Genesaret. One ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Asphaug
Stars: Anton Lundqvist, Jesper Adefelt, Jonas Karlsson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.

Director: Hans Alfredson
Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Maria Johansson, Hans Alfredson
Evening Class (1967)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jacques Tati teaches an acting class about the subtleties of certain types of people to a group of eager (but not very talented) students.

Director: Nicolas Ribowski
Stars: Jacques Tati, Alain Fayner, Marc Monjou
Desert Flower (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN ... See full summary »

Director: Sherry Hormann
Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hugi is a teacher in a small and remote village in the east of iceland (population 169). He is quite content by himself among the mountains, which surround the quite village where hardly ... See full summary »

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Stars: Björn Thors, Helgi Björnsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A series of absurd comedy sketches seemingly without a common story.

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä
Stars: Tommi Korpela, Elina Knihtilä, Eero Ritala
Juhannusyö (2014)
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A summer solstice coloured by crime and superstition. Aino has her eye on Perttu but over the course of the nightless night his true nature dispels her illusions.

Director: Miikka Leskinen
Stars: Niina Koponen, Ada Forsberg, Kaisa Hela
Aita (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Matti Ijäs
Stars: Antti Virmavirta, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Elena Leeve
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kati Outinen ... Elsa Aho
Miroslav Etzler ... Jan Novák
Elena Leeve Elena Leeve ... Minni
Krystof Hádek ... Adam
Esko Salminen Esko Salminen ... Ståhl
Laura Birn ... Kaarina Suo
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Borenius
Tommi Korpela ... Jalkanen
Denny Ratajský Denny Ratajský ... Pavel
Petr Stach ... Vaclav
Jan Budar ... Andrusenko
Zdenek Maryska Zdenek Maryska ... Kopecky
Václav Jirácek ... Jurij Gagarin
Cohlie Brocato ... Lee Harvey Oswald
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Poliisi
Edit

Storyline

August Fools is a romantic comedy set against the political background of the Cold War. Elsa (Kati Outinen), a middle-aged hat maker and part-time clairvoyant, is apparently in total control of her life - until the man she once loved and lost walks in through the door of her Helsinki hat shop in 1962. Jan (Miroslav Etzler), a Czech jazz musician, is in town to perform at the "International Festival of Peace and Friendship of the Youth of the World." For more than two decades Elsa believed the man was dead. Elsa initially wants to stay away from Jan - and especially from the Festival, which for her is just another attempt by the International Communists to brainwash the good, unsuspecting citizens of Western countries, such as Finland. But Jan is persistent, persuasive and charming. As Elsa eventually overcomes her fear of love and commitment, she realizes there is only one solution if the two of them want to be together for more than the seven days of the Festival. Written by Czech film center

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Finnish | English | Czech | Swedish | Russian

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

August Fools See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€1,800,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 7 March 2014 (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Love, music, the Cold War
4 April 2014 | by Anssi VartiainenSee all my reviews

Set in Finland in the early 60s, August Fools (Mieletön elokuu) tells the tale of lovers torn apart in the upheavals of World War Two. Jan (Miroslav Etzler), a Czech jazz musician loved a Finnish woman, but forced to separate from her when his country closed borders and prevented him from contacting her again. Meanwhile Elsa (Kati Outinen) has lived her life believing that she had been abandoned. But now a music festival is coming to Helsinki and with it a chance for reunification.

The best thing about August Fools is its value as a period piece. 1960s Helsinki comes into life beautifully in the silver screen. The locations, the costuming, the make-up, the music, the feel of it all. It also handles and examines subjects that were relevant at the time. The Cold War, the difficulties of living in a Soviet state (by which I mean Czech Republic, not Finland), the peculiar function of Finland as something of a border nation between the East and the West. The film is not afraid of poking fun at the politics and oddities of the time. And while some of it might seem naive or just plain shortsighted, depending on your personal take on the issues, it's never malicious or mean-spirited.

The acting is also quite lovely. Outinen and Etzler shine as the main couple, while Elena Leeve and Krystof Hádek provide a younger perspective on the same dilemmas of love, commitment and the threat of loss.

August Fools is a great movie if you're a fan of period dramas and/or music. Its tone is certainly very lighthearted and there is a risk its optimistic world view might rub you the wrong way, but I'd give it a chance. It means well while depicting a rather dark time in world's history.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed