Losing faith in their original idea for a movie to celebrate Finland’s 50 years of independence, a film crew decides to hire a typical Finnish taxpayer to tell them what to shoot. The result becomes a comedic cavalcade of Finnish promotional clichés – Lapland, sauna, moose hunting, beautiful blond women etc. – as presented by a slick entourage following on the heels of William Nurmi, a Finnish-American hair tonic millionaire on a visit to his ancestors’ homeland. Add some half-baked criminal hanky-panky, and towards the end even one of the main characters has to confess to the camera that he’s lost track of this movie’s plot about fifteen minutes ago.
Director: Jukka Virtanen. AKA Crazy Finland
Stars: Spede Pasanen, Simo Salminen, Esko Salminen, Leo Jokela, Toivo Mäkelä, Jukka Virtanen, Ere Kokkonen, Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala, Marja-Liisa Ståhlberg, Marita Nordberg, Pirjo Pasanen, Pentti Irjala, Timo T. Kaukonen, Matti Dahlberg, Heikki Kuvaja, Paavo Huuskonen, Raimo Virtanen, Anssi Kukkonen, Heikki Kahila, Osmo Harkimo.
Daffy, but fun… now you need “The Unknown Soldier” (1955) so people can see (if they haven’t seen) what’s being referenced in those war scenes.
Thanks – now it’s time for sauna!