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Ari
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Tiina
Petteri Summanen ...
Stig
Matleena Kuusniemi ...
Ilona
Valtteri Roiha ...
Riku
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Hanna-Riikka
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Roope
Vilma Melasniemi ...
Piia
Eija Nousiainen ...
Arin äiti
Jaana Järvinen ...
Helena
Pertti Sveholm ...
Pera
Niina Kurkinen ...
Päivi
Kirsi Tarvainen ...
Tipi
Wanda Dubiel ...
Tupu
Jere Viitanen ...
Roopen ja Pian poika
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An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, and his nights are a long series of brazen one-night stands. But when Ari meets Tiina (Laura Malmivaara), something unexpected happens - he falls in love. For the first time, Ari finds himself pursuing a long-term relationship, and he makes a genuine effort to remain faithful to her. But old habits die hard; Tiina introduces Ari to her circle of friends and temptation arises as he encounters Hanna-Riikka, a theology student, and Ilona, who is soon to be married. Despite Ari's feelings for Tiina, he begins having affairs with both Hanna-Riikka and Ilona, leading to an unpleasant revelation on the day of Ilona's nuptials. Written by Mark Deming, Allrovi

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$1,924 (USA) (21 January 2001)

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$16,239 (USA) (28 January 2001)
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The film is a loose adaptation of Albert Camus' novel "The Stranger" set in present day Helsinki, which turns the story into an erotic drama. See more »

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Hanna-Riikka: Happiness doesn't need to be deserved
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Followed by Levottomat 3 - kun mikään ei riitä (2004) See more »

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Sydänsuruja (Heartaches)
Written by Al Hoffman
Finnish lyrics by Sauvo Puhtila
Arranged by Eino Virtanen
Performed by Erkki Junkkarinen
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Good script, ok acting, credible and voyeuristic.
17 September 2000 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews



This film didn't give easy answers, didn't perform unnecessary underlining and is very voyeuristic in depicting nudity. Levottomat (Restless) is quite an existential film, meaning it in the tradition of Sartre and Camus, and has definitely been influenced by Camus' L'Etranger's main character who is unable to really feel. He has lost passion for life, but still feels sexually immensely excited, and ready to satisfy his carnal desires with any girl who indulges in 'no strings attached' sex. The main character Ari, an emergency physician played by Mikko Nousiainen, has no answers. He seems to live in a nihilistic void and struggles with what is ethical - rights and wrongs relating to human relationships. Because of his infinite craving for sex he sacrifices cozy friendships and messes up the lives of a 'sixsome' of 3 couples.

The film has a lot of sex, and I loved the way the actors plunge into their roles. This film is about 'the meaning of life' or what fuels the life if and when there is no meaning to it. The demarcation between 'meaningless sex' that is only the issue of the people directly involved and sex which is encroaching on some third parties' existence was very interesting. When is it ok to cheat and when is it absolutely unacceptable. Ari only refused from sex once, in the case of his desperate, boozing ambulance driver friend wonderfully portrayed by Samuli Edelman being under threat of being left and his wife implying her willingness to sleep with Ari.

The film was written well by Aleksi Bardy, who is obviously knowledgeable of the lives of 20+ Finnish yuppies in a cross-fire of traditional cultural pressures against individualistic happiness and endless search for pleasure. Irina Bjorklund represents a moralist who's notions of right and wrong come from the scriptures. She battles against the nihilism of modern life with her faith and deals with the 'bigger',philosophical questions of existence. Eventually the priest is the one Ari finds most interesting of his numerous women.


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