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Restless (2000)

Levottomat (original title)
For Ari, nothing feels like anything. He doesn't do relationships, doesn't do attachments. There's only sex. That is until he meets Tiina. Together with Tiina and her closest circle of friends, this could be their last summer of freedom.

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Aleksi Bardy (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Nousiainen ... Ari
Laura Malmivaara ... Tiina
Petteri Summanen Petteri Summanen ... Stig
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ... Ilona
Valtteri Roiha Valtteri Roiha ... Riku
Irina Björklund ... Hanna-Riikka
Samuli Edelmann ... Roope
Vilma Melasniemi Vilma Melasniemi ... Piia
Eija Nousiainen Eija Nousiainen ... Arin äiti
Jaana Järvinen Jaana Järvinen ... Helena
Pertti Sveholm Pertti Sveholm ... Pera
Niina Kurkinen Niina Kurkinen ... Päivi
Kirsi Tarvainen Kirsi Tarvainen ... Tipi
Wanda Dubiel Wanda Dubiel ... Tupu
Jere Viitanen Jere Viitanen ... Roopen ja Pian poika
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Les instables See more »

Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,632, 5 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,239, 28 January 2001
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Company Credits

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Solar Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Hanna-Riikka: Happiness doesn't need to be deserved
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Connections

Followed by Levottomat 3 - kun mikään ei riitä (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Hiuksissa hiekkaa
Written by Maija Vilkkumaa
Lyrics by Janne Lehto and Visa-Pekka Mertanen
Performed by Maija Vilkkumaa
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I loved it
4 November 2006 | by montella09See all my reviews

Amazing movie that really delves deep into themes of love, religion, compassion, friendship, existence, and the human soul. I admit I gained a real appreciation for the romantic elements of the Finnish language after seeing this. I put the movie on par with most of Hollywood's best love stories, but it also has an existentialist aspect making it similar to other great movies such as "Run Lola Run". The cinematography is also quite excellent and there is a real sense of a connection between the characters and their very secure and comfortable society. The natural beauty of Finland is captured perfectly and it almost adds an aura of calm to the film. I recommend this to any serious movie lovers and its a 10/10 for me.


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