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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

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Regisserad av Juho Kuosmanen
Finland, Tyskland, 2016
Drama, Sport, Biografi
  • Finska
  • Engelska


Finland, 1962. Olle Mäki har en chans på Världstiteln i fjädervikt. Oerhört begåvade och lika ödmjuke Ollis småstadsliv förändras när han får nationell stjärnstatus och plötsligt ses som en symbol för hela landet. Det finns bara ett problem: Olli har just blivit kär.

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Det är ett nöje för oss att exklusivt presentera denna charmiga nordiska 60-tals debut. Den triumferande vinnaren av Un Certain Regard i Cannes, inspelad på vackert monokrom 16mm film, baserad på den sanna berättelsen om de mest romantiska av boxare, en sak är säker: den kommer göra dig lyckligare.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Regisserad av 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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