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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

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Reżyseria Juho Kuosmanen
Finlandia, Niemcy, 2016
Dramat, Filmy sportowe, Film biograficzny
  • fiński
  • angielski


Finlandia, 1962. Bokser Olli Mäki ma szansę na zdobycie tytułu Mistrza Świata Wagi Piórkowej. Małomiasteczkowe życie utalentowanego i skromnego Olliego ulega przemiane, wraz z okrzyknięciem go gwiazdą i symbolem narodowym. Problem leży w tym, że Olli się właśnie zakochał.

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It is our great pleasure to exclusively present this 60s-set Nordic charmer and knock-out debut. Triumphant winner of Un Certain Regard in Cannes, shot on gorgeous monochrome 16mm and based on the true story of the most romantic of boxers, one thing’s for sure: it’ll make you happier.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Reżyseria 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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