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Ulysses has nothing on this relentless Fin as he searches the frozen landscape in search of a cable box for his TV-deprived young wife. Rampaging reindeer and gun-toting Russians can not deter him from his mission in this action-packed road comedy.
This film is very funny. I watched it twice, which is rare for me. So many times, I find American comedies just stupid. And I'm American!
Because my husband and I will be visiting Finland this August, I watch Finnish films to get an idea of the geography and culture. My husband and only have two weeks to stay. And there's a lot to see in Southern Finland. Moreover, travel logistics get much harder the farther north you travel in Finland. (The public transportation system in Southern Finland is one of the best in the world. However, VR railroad doesn't go the length of Finland.) So we scrapped our excursion plans to Lapland. We wanted to go but it's was just too much hassle.
So, when I saw the title I was immediately interested. I wanted to see Lapland. The story is set in the Christmas season. Unfortunately, mostly you see interiors or exterior night driving on conifer lined, snowy roads. Sadly, the location didn't look that much different than wintertime country roads near where I live. This film highlighted the rural poverty and the dependence on tourism as a major source of revenue in Northern Finland.
Also, it showcased the Finnish sense of humor. Although often quiet and reserved by American standards, the Finns have a great sense of humor. You just need to get to know them before they come out of their shells and really make you laugh. The film centers on three life long friends. So their humor is upfront. And road trip misadventures are universal.
This movie was entertaining and light, with a little romance and a lot of bromance.
I could not stop watching it, even when the pace slowed, because Lapland is so beautiful (at least what we see in this film, which does not take place in a city).
A strange life those Laplanders lead - driving for miles on snow, passing reindeer here and there, until the plot takes a turn with some roadkill. Not for the squeamish, anyone who has grown up on a farm will feel a bit more comfortable with what follows.
All the characters are sympathetic. I especially liked the male lead - and I'm old enough to be his mom!
This is the funniest Finnish comedy there is. It is the kind of movie that requires your full attention span though, so don't expect casual movie goers to appreciate it. Geeks will love it regardless. Now we just need a Region A or Region Free release of the sequel.