Tag Archives: Finnish
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
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?
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.