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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Hymyilevä mies

Instrueret af Juho Kuosmanen
Finland, Tyskland, 2016
Drama, Sport, Biografi
  • Finsk
  • Engelsk

Synopsis

Finland 1962. Olli Mäki har en chance til Verdens Letvægtsboksning titel. Umådelig talentfuld og ligeså ydmyg, men idet han opnår national berømmelse og pludselig ses som et symbol for sit land, forandres hele hans liv i den lille by. Der er kun et problem: Olli har lige forelsket sig.

Vores mening

Det er med store glæde vi eksklusivt præsenterer 60’ernes nordiske charmer chok-debut. Triumf vinder af En særlig Pris i Cannes og filmet på vidunderlig monokrom 16mm og baseret på en sand historie. Én ting er sikker: den vil gøre dig lykkeligere.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Instrueret af Juho Kuosmanen
Where significance lies is unmistakable: not in the boxing ring, where Olli fights for his country, nor at the press conferences where he’s pressured to play up to the media, but in the simple moments of connectedness that he shares with Raija, the woman he loves. There’s something rare and quietly thrilling about the contention that a woman might fulfil a man not by backing his aspirations, tolerating his bad behaviour or giving him motherly pep talks, but simply by being herself.
April 20, 2017
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The film deepens quietly. This is Mr. Kuosmanen’s first feature (he has directed a few shorts), and if he had any rookie jitters you wouldn’t know it. It’s a bit of a narrative slow-boil — the story arrives in pieces, in disconnected scenes and conversational fragments — but it grabs you right from the start. The most obvious reason is the dense, luxuriant black-and-white cinematography, which is very pleasurable in its own right.
April 20, 2017
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Juho Kuosmanen’s first feature, touching and true, is a naturalistic black-and-white boxing film/love story. It is formally audacious, with a glorified verité style and no score, but it also shows a wise, warm understanding of people.
October 14, 2016
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