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The Violin Player (2018)

Viulisti (original title)
A love story about ambition, giving up and reaching the dreams.


Paavo Westerberg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ... Karin Nordström
Olavi Uusivirta Olavi Uusivirta ... Antti
Kim Bodnia ... Björn Darren
Samuli Edelmann ... Jaakko Nordström
Misa Lommi Misa Lommi ... Sofia
Pyry Nikkilä ... Jarno
Timo Kalliokoski Timo Kalliokoski ... Eemeli
Emmi Pesonen Emmi Pesonen ... Riitta
Paavo Westerberg ... Markku
Pio Simonsen Pio Simonsen ... Konserttijärjestäjä
Ella Pyhältö Ella Pyhältö ... Lääkäri
Milla Kuikka Milla Kuikka ... Hoitajan ääni (voice)
Elina Heikkinen Elina Heikkinen ... Soittaja kvartetissa
Fransien Paananen Fransien Paananen ... Soittaja kvartetissa
Oksana Lommi ... Kirjastonhoitaja


45-year-old Karin is a leading violinist who loses the sensitivity in her fingers after a traffic accident. Since playing the violin is no longer possible for her, she ends up teaching promising young talents. 27-year-old Antti in particular catches her attention and she decides to raise him as high in the music world as she has been. But soon their student-teacher relationship moves towards the gray area of power relations although they are from different worlds and generations. Causes and consequences, dreams and reality - these perceptions are quite different for both parties. She has a son but an unhappy marriage to Jaakko who is trying his best to adapt to her mood swings and ex-lover Björn are also entangled in this web of relationships. Written by Cineuropa

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Drama | Music | Romance


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Scandi Secrets Sparseness and the Strad
5 September 2019 | by italyvacanzaSee all my reviews

The Violin Player 3 main characters Karin - the violin player who can't play anymore so teaches Antii - the student Bjorn- Karin's former conductor and mentor

No need to provide plot outline; it's available elsewhere and not too complicated. Shot with a lot of close-ups with the background out of focus. signifies, perhaps, the future is unknown for all three. A sensory experience - the music is beautiful; Karin's country house is beautiful - snow, ice, brittle, like Karin; the Strad is beautiful - Antii smells it, and you can almost smell it too. Curiously, though it's not an emotional experience. The three main characters are not very likeable; it's hard to feel for them. Psychologically, though it's very intriguing; who is using who. They all take from each other but give very little in return. Their obsessions are intertwined. Overall, a fine film and worth a look.


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English | Finnish

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »


Box Office


EUR1,280,000 (estimated)
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Mjölk Movies See more »
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