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Timo, an esteemed concert pianist, gets the surprise of his life one day after arriving home after a performance only to find a homeless drunkard asleep outside his front door. The man, Leo (played by Finnish musician, actor and artist Vesa-Matti Loiri), makes the outrageous claim to be Timo's long-lost father who left the country when Timo was three and had not been in touch since. Leo, as mysterious and manipulative as he is slovenly, has returned to bestow his legacy upon his only son, and to re-unite him with his estranged family Timo's sister, ex-wife and daughter. 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 reluctantly reconcile with shadows of the past.
Timo is skeptical of his father from the very beginning and is never actually able to feel comfortable around him for very long, until he learns the truth of why Leo has come back to learn about the man his son has become. Full of surprises, Road North is a hearty father-son comedy and official TIFF 2012 Selection which endeavors to teach its viewers a simple but important lesson: sometimes you have to travel a long way to see what is right in front of you.
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It took me a while to warm up to the characters but as their adventures ensued, and each learned more about the other's life, the gulf between them began to narrow, and I became more emotionally invested. One of those films where the ending brings everything into sharp focus, and in a surprising and satisfying way. Recommended!
Vesa-Matti Loiri is Leo, an obese, hard-drinking older man who returns to Helsinski to listen to his son Timo (Samuli Edelmann) play his piano concert. Timo hasn't seen his dad in 35 years, so the reunion is a bit awkward at first; there are too many questions Timo needs answered. But it turns out that Timo is holding back the truth from his father as well.
Both agree to go on a road trip up North to visit family. It's along this road trip that the truth is revealed about Timo and Leo and Timo's long-deceased mother. There are some comedic moments in this finely-acted film, but I wouldn't classify this as a comedy. A dark comedy, perhaps.