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Scandinavian/Nordic Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Finnish Titles

Finnish Titles

Äideistä parhain = Mother of Mine
"During World War II, 70,000 Finnish children were shipped off to Swedish families who had agreed to shelter them for their own protection until the end of the war. This is the story of one such boy, Eero. After the death her husband, grief stricken Kirsti agrees with great reluctance to send Eero to Sweden. His surrogate parents, Signe and Hjalmar, are grieving the recent loss of a daughter. Signe is so deeply wounded that all semblance of beauty has been sapped from her life, and her relationship with Eero is fraught with tension and resentment. After a lifetime of feeling abandoned, bereft of parental love, Eero learns the secrets behind the actions of his two mothers too late."

Ariel
"The movie tells the story of Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide and who is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned."

Christian Dreadful
"A world famous rock-star [Tommy Johansson] battles his devilish producer [Dean Portnoj] to save his beloved fans from total damnation."

Heavy Trip
"In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing is his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for twelve years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway, the promoter for a huge heavy metal music festival, and decided it's now or never. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a new drummer in order to make their dreams a reality."

Kerron sinulle kaiken = Open Up To Me
"Maarit (Leea Klemola) has successfully managed to live a double life - a male body transformed into an attractive and intelligent woman. Maarit's new life has come with a considerable price, as many transgendered individuals have discovered. Among the most painful burdens Maarit must bear is the longing to revive a fractured relationship with her daughter Pinja (Emmi Nivala). Her life take an unexpected turn the day her employer, a therapist, leaves town on an emergency and entrusts Maarit to secure the office after she is done cleaning it. Maarit can't help but to slightly overstep her bounds once the therapist leaves and explore for a few minutes a taste of this intriguing profession. A man named Sami (Peter Franzén) in the midst of a marital crisis enters unexpectedly seeking solace from the absent therapist but finds only Maarit, whose compassionate nature compels her to try to help in any way she can. The two quickly find that they share some common interests, especially soccer, a sport which was a significant part of Maarit's past life. However, Sami turns out to have deep inhibitions of his own which contend with his professional and personal life in which Maarit becomes dangerously entwined. Not one to live an existence bowing to the superficial expectations of a regimented society, Maarit endures her mistakes and manages to salvage the one relationship that makes her life worth living, and in doing so is able to come to terms with the world around her."

Lapland Odyssey
"A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, who has made a career out of living on welfare."

Mies vailla menneisyyttä = The Man Without a Past
"After a man is beaten and declared dead, he suddenly sits up and walks out of the hospital on his own. Determined to start his life over in a new town and unable to remember his name or anything about his past, he becomes involved with a mother and her sons. Everything seems good until his past comes back to haunt him."

Road North
"Timo gets the surprise of his life one day after arriving home only to find a homeless drunk asleep at his front door. The man, Leo, makes the claim to be Timo's long-lost father who left the country when Timo was three. Leo has returned to bestow his legacy upon his only son, and to re-unite him with his estranged family. Creating more questions than answers, Leo proves to be his son's alter ego of sorts, eventually prying him from his comfort zone and forcing him to reconcile with the past."

Screwed
"Seventeen-year-old Miku is trying to come to terms with his sexuality and find his place in the world. After his parents find out he threw a wild party while they were away, he is forced to spend the summer with them at their cottage. A flirtation soon develops with Elias, the boy next door. As they spend the summer escaping their dysfunctional families, a relationship quickly blossoms."

Toivon tuolla puolen
"This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but decides not to return to Aleppo-- and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously..."

Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö = The Match Factory Girl
"Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster. But when she is made pregnant after a one-night stand by a man who thought she was a prostitute, she decides that enough is enough and plans her revenge..."

Tuntematon sotilas
"Based on the classic novel by Väinö Linna, it tells the story of an infantry unit's three-year tour of duty during the Finnish Continuation War. The film follows the story of Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms. It shows how friendship, humor, and the will to live unite these men on their way to the battlefront and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front and leaves its mark on the entire nation."

Varjoja paratiisissa = Shadows in Paradise
"An episode in the life of Nikander, a garbage man, involving the death of a co-worker, an affair and much more."