Filmmaker Teemu Nikki’s Inspiration For Finland’s Oscar Entry ‘Euthanizer’: “I Wanted To Make ‘Dirty Harry’ With Animals”

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Filmmaker Teemu Nikki’s Inspiration For Finland’s Oscar Entry ‘Euthanizer’: “I Wanted To Make ‘Dirty Harry’ With Animals”
Finland’s Oscar entry this year, Teemu Nikki’s Euthanizer, sets up some intriguing paradoxes about the way humans treat animals, and the way humans treat each other.

Local Finnish character actor Matt Onnismaa stars as Veijo, a mechanic who on the side euthanizes sick animals. Though twisted, he’s not some cold-hearted killer who just eliminates animals at a rate that’s cheaper than the vets. His supposed talent lies in assessing whether a pet should go down, or whether their owner is the real problem. Throughout Veijo’s experiences, he rubs a nationalist gang the wrong way, but finds hot romance in nurse Lotta (Hannamaija Nikander) who is tending to his ailing, hospital-ridden father. The irony? Veijo has no desire to put his father out of his misery.

It’s a film, which Nikki also wrote and produced, that’s intended to get audiences thinking, especially with its surprise ending.
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