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?
Tag Archives: Finnish
Komisario Palmun Erehdys / Inspector Palmu’s Error (1960) Matti Kassila, Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin
Kuuma kissa? / Hot Cat? (1968) Erkko Kivikoski, Maarita Mäkelä, Eero Melasniemi, Kurt Ingvall, Drama, Romance
This love story finds a lonely teacher resisting the advances of an interested co-worker. She is fearful of affection and relationships due to a previous romance that did not work out. The small-town schoolmarm tries to help a male student who has been suspended for drunkenness. She tutors the young man, and soon the two engage in a tender and passionate love affair in which both people reach out and touch each other physically and emotionally.
Muukalainen / The Visitor (2008) J.-P. Valkeapää, Allan Bernard, Vitali Bobrov, Emilia Ikäheimo, Drama
A young boy lives with his mother on a farm surrounded by deep forest in the remote wilds of the Finnish countryside. From time to time, the boy visits his father – a man of great violence – in prison. Locked in the stable is an unruly horse, the boy´s only other companion. Their simple life is disrupted when a stranger appears, with a note from the father and a bullet in his side. Reluctantly, mother and son offer the stranger refuge.
Rukajärven tie / Ambush (1999) Olli Saarela, Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen, War, Drama
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for Russian defensive positions. The platoon kills some Russian civilians and rests in a newly conquered village. There Lt. Perkola meets his fiancée Kaarina, who is serving in the Women’s Auxilary Corps (Lotta). Then the platoon continues with the mission, but a message about Kaarina’s possible death reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become distracted during the mission.
Tali-Ihantala 1944 (2007) Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen, Rauno Ahonen, Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen, Frank Biermann, Drama, History, War
The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back, with all odds against them. The Battle of Tali-Ihantala was the largest battle ever fought in the history of the Nordic countries. This film depicts the true events through five separate stories.
“Gourmet Club” follows a doctor who belongs to a small but exclusive gourmet club, in which the five upper-class members take turns providing the main course, wagering as to who can identify a mystery exotic ingredient. Things get interesting when the doctor’s gambling problem catches up with him. Desperate, he comes up with the idea to use a truly shocking mystery ingredient to fool his colleagues, but he gets more than he bargained for when the mystery meal has a surprising and powerful effect on the members.
Talvisota / The Winter War (1989) Pekka Parikka, Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Drama, War
Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon.
Rikos ja rangaistus / Crime and Punishment (1983) Aki Kaurismäki, Markku Toikka, Aino Seppo, Esko Nikkari, Crime, Drama
Episodic study of feelings where six stories intertwine over one Saturday in a small town. Two boys save a young woman, Anni, and her baby from suicide by drowning. Esa, a down-on-his-luck musician in need of a loan, arrives to his father’s 60th birthday party. Waitress Leena tries to stir up a romance between her co-workers at a pizza parlor. Middle-aged Ilpo comes home early from the paper mill and finds a strange man in their bedroom. Old Milja waits for her daughter Merja at the hospital where she is visiting her terminally ill husband Henri. Teenage Santeri tries to cope with his homosexuality.