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A Patriotic Man (2013)

Isänmaallinen mies (original title)
Every nation gets the heroes it deserves.


Arto Halonen


Arto Halonen, Olli Soinio (dramatist) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Martti Suosalo ... Toivo
Pamela Tola ... Aino
Janne Reinikainen Janne Reinikainen ... Ilmo
Mikko Kouki ... Pakarinen
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Kataja
Pirjo Lonka Pirjo Lonka ... Pirkko
Satu Paavola Satu Paavola ... Marjatta Karhumäki
Kari Ketonen ... Peltola
Lauri Tilkanen ... Risto Karhumäki
Eppu Salminen Eppu Salminen ... Rissanen
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson ... Taxi driver
Peter Kanerva ... Antti S. Heikkinen
Mikko Neuvonen Mikko Neuvonen ... Markku
Katja Küttner ... Nurse Turunen
Jouko Puolanto Jouko Puolanto ... Karppinen
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Toivo's blood is exceptionally powerful. When the Finnish ski team hears about Toivo, they understand they have found a highly prized secret weapon. His blood can improve any athlete's performance, fueling the skiers to success. The prospects are fantastic, and in particular, Toivo works closely with one of the most talented of the skiers, Aino. It is the 1980s. Toivo is an unemployed typesetter. His wife Pirkko encourages him to do something useful, so he goes to donate blood. The blood astonishes the hospital nurse who assists him. The Finnish national ski team then discovers the special qualities of Toivo blood, and soon Toivo joins the team's technical division to take up his secret role as a human blood-tank. Finland's brightest star is making a breakthrough: Aino. A young woman, Aino is not only a good skier but an impressive public brand, with the nickname Finnmaiden. Soon, Toivo and Aino become an integral pair. With Toivo's help, Aino skis to the top of the world rankings. ...

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User Reviews

a good film
18 October 2015 | by stocktonmannersSee all my reviews

Quite a good film. Nicely delves into themes of patriotism vs morality. Interesting settings and the art directing was great!

The scenes "from Canada" were quite were quite funny as I am from the '88 Olympics host city. Although, interesting to the storyline, we do not have stripper places like that in canmore / banff and no cab driver would ever throw you out of the cab into the snow like that. We are Canadian! The driver would politely ask for the money and then ask your to pay the next day, or report it to the RCMP. The Cowboy hats were especially funny. They must have been bought in spain or online. nothing like a real cowboy hat (but what is a Canadian cowboy anyway besides a funny costume from the past??)

Overall quite a good film. I always like story-lines that are particular to a time and place and compartmentalized to intertwined lives. The Toivo was well developed, displaying characteristics of short-shortsightedness, hope, detachment from reality, and delusions of fantasy.

A funny, sweet and poignant film.

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4 December 2013 (Finland) See more »

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