Jussi Vares, temporary broke as always, gets a phone call from the city of Pori. On the horn is his old school-mate Jarkko Tienvieri who offers Vares a job for a private eye. Tienvieri is under suspicion of a homicide of a young woman Mirjami Sinervo, that happened in the winter. The mission: to find out the real murderer and clean out the badly-tarnished reputation of a used-cars salesman. Vares accepts the job and heads to the west-coastal city of Pori. Heading to the same direction is also a ruthless killer called Veikko Hopea, recently released from a Swedish penitentiary.
In Pori, suffering under the heat-wave of the century, Vares soon finds out that things are not like Tienvieri lets him to believe. As he investigates Mirjami’s past walks of life Vares finds cover-ups and secrets every step of the way. The message is clear: better leave things to be. Just like everyone seems to be afraid of talking about Mirjami. What do they fear? Who are they afraid of? Her ex-neighbour Kullervo Visuri accidentally slips out the fact that Mirjami was scared too – but what of? Vares finds himself in a dead-end and feels like he is being used, in a way that is foreign even to him. And before he can say Jack Robinson, another homicide takes place and everything turns upside down. Vares finds himself in the middle of a game far bigger than anticipated. And as his investigations proceed, he sinks deeper and deeper into the darkness behind the facade of the City.
In the end Vares finds out that the careless predator soon becomes prey. He gets to face the reason behind Mirjami’s fears. And as the day of the final countdown comes, Vares knows that by the time of the next sunrise, only one man will survive. Make no mistake – he aims to be that man. —Solar Films
Aleksi Mäkelä is the most successful of the modern era Finnish film directors: the total domestic audience of his movies in theatrical release is 2,5 million. The Tough Ones (1999) was one of the key factors in the recent rise of the Finnish cinema, with an audience of 330,000. The Tough Ones was the Finnish Entry for Oscar 1999 as “Best Foreign Language Film”. The biggest domestic box office hit ever, Bad Boys, drew a phenomenal audience of 615,000. After that, Vares – Private Eye was also the number one domestic movie of its release year 2004. Mäkelä’s next movie Matti – Hell is for Heroes was the most popular film in Finland in 2006 with an audience of 462,000. Matti is still number two Finnish box office hit since the eighties. The next number one domestic box office hit in Mäkelä’s career was Hellsinki in 2009. Home Sweet Home is his tenth feature film. His debut The Romanov Stones was released in 1993. His movies have collected eleven Finnish Film Awards (Jussi Award) and three… read more