Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.
Hendrik Toompere Sr.
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Single mother name Pike who, having just been released from prison, is trying to start her news life anew. When her former boyfriend Lalli come back from abroad, it open a window into her ... See full summary »
Armi Alive! is a portrayal of a theatre company that is preparing a play about Armi Ratia, the founder of the iconic Finnish design company Marimekko. Maria, who plays Armi's role, is in the lead when the group keeps asking who this strange woman really is. The play focuses in Armi's life between the years 1949 and 1968, when she founds the fashion company Marimekko, leads it to an international success, and is finally forced to ponder her relationship with the company: does Marimekko need Armi, or does Armi need Marimekko? During the rehearsal process, the actress Maria struggles with Armi's contradictions and tries to find the truth and the person behind the legend.
Director appearance: Towards the end, when Armi is sitting in a boat with her new paramour, the old man ("git"*) shown very briefly lounging at back of theatre, who says 'it didn't happen like that'*, and the others say is just an old git who wondered on the set - is the film's actual director, in uncredited appearance (i.e. Jorn Donner) *English translated subtitles to Finnish dialogue. See more »