Johannes is born into an Ingrian-Finnish family in the Estonian Soviet Republic. When his mother leaves for Finland, and he's left to be raised by his grandparents, Johannes is forced to face life on his own. He falls deeply in love with his classmate, Vera, takes risks, gets into fights, and gets punished - all the while, in the background, the Evil Empire collapses. As the Lenins fall and the Barbie dolls take over, the crocodile Genas and the Moskvitches are forced to step aside, leaving the road to the West wide open. Lauri Randla's Goodbye, Soviet Union is a comedy about the adventures of the eccentric Tarkkinen family in the last days of the Soviet Union.
Although the language that the Tarkkinen family speaks to each other may sound a bit strange to Finnish viewers, it is actually Finnish. It belongs to the Southern-Eastern dialects of Finnish and it is called Ingrian dialect. The dialect is nearly extinct because Ingrian Finns in Russia are heavily Russianized, Ingrian Finns that have moved back to Finland speak some other dialects of Finnish, Ingrian Finns in Estonia speak mostly Estonian, and Ingrian Finns that have moved to Sweden speak Swedish. See more »