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Synopsis: Quirky, laugh-out-loud funny and totally unpredictable, this action-packed Finnish road movie is an absolute charmer. Set in the dark, snow covered and frozen landscape of northern Finland, the story starts in a completely normal fashion: a young woman named Inari get frustrated that her good-for-nothing boyfriend Janne won’t even get off his ass to buy the only thing she wants: a TV cable box. So she makes an ultimatum: either a converter box by morning or she’s moving out. This propels Janne, along with his two hapless and equally lazy friends, out of the house and into a series of increasingly crazy misadventures, all in the quest of getting that elusive cable box. They soon encounter gun-shooting Russians, some very mean reindeer, Inari’s vengeful former boyfriend, a watery oasis filled with topless water polo-playing beauties, and a naked run through the snow. All the while the police are on their heels. Reminiscent of the wacky characters that seem to inhabit Aki Kaurismäki films, this comedy, filmed at breakneck speed, is an absolute delight.

Genre

Comedy

Rated

NR

Language

Finnish

Run Time

96 minutes

Subtitles

English

Starring

Jussi Vatanen (Janne)
Jasper Pääkkönen (Kapu)
Timo Lavikainen (Tapio Räihänen)
Pamela Tola (Inari Juntura)
Kari Ketonen (Pikku-Mikko)
Miia Nuutila (Marjukka)
Moa Gammel (Anna)
Konsta Mäkelä (Hatunen)
Andrei Tsumak (Sergei)

Directed by

Dome Karukoski

Produced by

Aleksi Bardy

Awards

Jussi Award - Finland - 2011

Best Film

Jussi Award - Finland - 2011

Best Director (Dome Karukoski)

Jussi Awards - Finland - 2011

Best Original Screenplay

Jussi Awards - Finland - 2011

Audience Prize

Official selection

Toronto International Film Festival - Canada - 2011

Fantasia Film Festival - Canada - 2011

Seattle International Film Festival - USA - 2011

Brussels Film Festival - Belgium - 2011

Quotes

“A film that is impossible to hate.” - DVDVerdict.com

“LAPLAND ODYSSEY is the type of small wonder that makes all of the hundreds of hours spent sitting alone in a dark theater worthwhile.” - TwitchFilm.com

“A slacker comedy set in subzero temperatures.” - Variety

Country of Origin

Finland

Production Year

2010

Aspect Ratio

2.35:1

Sound Mix

5.1 Dolby Digital

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