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Little Wing (2016)

Tyttö nimeltä Varpu (original title)
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Little Wing tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who's quickly growing to adulthood, and about her mother (Paula Vesala), who doesn't want to grow up.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linnea Skog Linnea Skog ... Varpu Miettinen
Paula Vesala ... Siru Miettinen
Lauri Maijala Lauri Maijala ... Varpun isä
Santtu Karvonen Santtu Karvonen ... Bo
Antti Luusuaniemi ... Ilmari 'Väärä isä' Hukkanen
Niina Sillanpää Niina Sillanpää ... Emilia Hukkanen
Outi Mäenpää ... Ratsastuksenopettaja
Anna Kare Anna Kare ... Saara
Aamu Milonoff Aamu Milonoff ... Olivia
Minerva Nylander Minerva Nylander ... Jasmine
Ronja Kalenius Ronja Kalenius ... Sonja
Taisto Oksanen Taisto Oksanen ... Jari Peltonen
Jukka Peltola Jukka Peltola ... Benkku
Iiris Huttunen Iiris Huttunen ... Ponityttö 1
Ella Niinistö Ella Niinistö ... Ponityttö 2
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Little Wing tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who's quickly growing to adulthood, and about her mother (Paula Vesala), who doesn't want to grow up. Varpu lives with her mother and has never met her father. One night Varpu has enough of her riding buddies and her mother. She steals a car and drives up north in search of her father, of whom she only knows the name. But her father is not exactly what she had expected. Meeting him trigger something in Varpu and Siru's life, making them realize their role in each other's lives, and in the world.

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Country:

Finland | Denmark

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (Finland) See more »

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Budget:

€930,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The leading cast of this film was not very experienced in acting since this is the film debut for Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala is better known as musician and Lauri Maijala is primarily a theatre director. See more »

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Ala droppaa mun tunnelmaa (Don't Like My Mood Drops)
music by Paula Vesala, Matti Mikkola & Joonas Angeria
lyric by by Paula Vesala
performed by by Paula Vesala (as Vesala)
courtesy of Maailmanloppu Oy, HMC Publishing
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When one parent's failing, the kid needs another.
24 March 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

This is the second Finnish film for me in a week. '...Olli Maki' was a sport-biopic, but this one is a simple fictional drama. All woman team, watching it on the occasion around Women's day make it a special. The story was not impressive enough. Lacks the originality, but overall decently made film.

A coming-of-age theme that tells about Varpu who just turned 12. She lives with her mother, who is a character of underage. There's nothing bad about her, but she feels the world is a very complicated place and complaints a lot like a tween for even small small things.

Since the Varpu is growing up fast, thinks her mother is failing to handle a girl like her age. So that leads her to look for her dad who she had never seen before. A little adventure on that, followed by issues surrounding it, how she overcomes and put her life back one track are the remaining parts to reveal us.

Anybody who had seen the handsome of films in their life would think this film is just okay. That's true, yet I won't say it was a bad attempt. In fact, in some of the parts, the story won't advance as you think. The writing was neat, except lags a bit often, but that did not cause any annoyance.

The entire story was told from a teenager's perspective, yet very matured from the contents wise. Like the tough decision to venture is to clear the doubts once and for all. What she discovered did not surprise as that's how her life had been so far. She's been with her mother all her life, so it was particularly to learn about her father.

❝She was so sweet and wise right from the start. Now she's dying or suffering somewhere, because I'm so retarded.❞

There's no way the film could have been better than this. Because the message was nicely conveyed. Altering that would have given a different film, which is not the notion, I believe. Especially a girl who discovers what her parents truly are, I mean their capacity. Clearly her life begins onwards to be an adult in early age.

The casting was so good. The three looked like an average real family. It was done without much hype. Like, you know, the mystery of dad was solved after some dramatic twist, but everything was kept within the limits. Especially most of the viewers would be looking for the Varpu's driving skill which they think could influence to bring a twist in the tale. But what follows is a twist to our anticipation. By the way the girl was excellent. I think she will be a fine actress.

The clichés were not overused, instead it was used to shape up the story in its diversions. Whenever the narration reached its dead end, the following events quickly hops on a new path with fresh developments. This happened, particularly on two major occasions in which the first was after finding her dad and the next was after knowing his true identity.

At that point, the film was almost done narrating the tale. Only finishing touch with little explanation was given on a few things. It is a good conclusion and quite enjoyable overall film. So I think the film's not for everyone. This is especially for those watches with admiration like with enthusiasm than those who watch it for no reason and interest. In simple words, for film fanatics and family audience. I said lots of positives, so you might think I would recommend it highly, but I won't. Instead, semi-recommended for overall readers.

7/10


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