Tag Archives: Finnish
A satirical description of three brothers and their father reunion. Ivarilla, Mitjalla Torstilla and have a common father but different mothers. The brothers meet after many years of father-Paavo’s 70th birthday. Meeting at the prompting many bitter memories of the past and also the uncomfortable truths of the father, which is all like brothers guilty of misfortune in life.
Rööperi / Hellsinki (2009) Aleksi Mäkelä, Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Kari Hietalahti, Biography, Crime, Drama
Thomas, a former doctor, a widower, lives alone in a basement apartment in Helsinki. His routine becomes even more limited when his misanthropic brother dies, reducing Thomas’ human contact to practically nil. As with many seniors, he’s basically invisible to passersby, though Thomas in particular avoids engaging with those around him. When he runs into his estranged daughter Marie, he tries to create a bridge.
Varastettu kuolema / Stolen Death (1938) Nyrki Tapiovaara, Tuulikki Paananen, Ilmari Mänty, Santeri Karilo, Thriller
Arvottomat / The Worthless (1982) Mika Kaurismäki, Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas, Crime, Drama
Paha perhe / Bad Family (2010) Aleksi Salmenperä, Ville Virtanen, Lauri Tilkanen, Pihla Viitala, Drama
Hamlet liikemaailmassa / Hamlet Goes Business (1987) Aki Kaurismäki, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Esko Salminen, Kati Outinen, Comedy, Drama, Romance
A bizarre black-and-white film noir reworking of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. After the death of his father, young Hamlet inherits a seat on the board of a company controlled by his uncle that decides to move into the rubber duck market. But Hamlet is suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his father’s death…
Zombie ja Kummitusjuna / Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991) Mika Kaurismäki, Silu Seppälä, Marjo Leinonen, Matti Pellonpää
Antti “Zombie” Autiomaa does two things well: play the bass guitar and drink. After several months’ sleeping on the streets of Istanbul, he returns to Helsinki where he’s called into the army but discharged on mental health grounds after adding turpentine to the officers’ soup. Zombie lives bleary-eyed in an apartment off his parents’ house where his lonely, unemployed father suffers from heart disease. His girl-friend Marjo has taken up with a hairdresser but comes back to Zombie. His friend Harri hires him as a roadie for his band “Harry and the Mulefukkers” then gives him a chance as a bass player. He has his girl and he has a gig, but can Zombie put the bottle down?