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Lovers & Leavers (2002)

Kuutamolla (original title)
This movie is about Iiris Vaara. She turns 30 and meets young director Marko. All dreams come true but does Marko share her dreams?

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Katja Kallio (novel), Katja Kallio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minna Haapkylä ... Iiris
Peter Franzén ... Marko
Laura Malmivaara ... Laura / Iiris' friend
Anna-Leena Härkönen ... Anna / Iiris' friend
Matti Ristinen ... Sami / Laura's husband
Mikko Kouki ... Jukka / Iiris' boyfriend
Pirkko Saisio Pirkko Saisio ... Leila / Iiris' mother
Santeri Nuutinen Santeri Nuutinen ... Santtu / Laura and Sami's son
Rasmus Nuutinen Rasmus Nuutinen ... Tintti / Laura and Sami's son
Valtteri Roiha Valtteri Roiha ... Gestalt Psychologist
Veeti Kallio Veeti Kallio ... Mikko (as Veeti)
Heikki Kujanpää Heikki Kujanpää ... Jari / Iiris' boss
Mervi Takatalo Mervi Takatalo ... Liisa / Bookshop saleswoman
Linda Zilliacus ... Ilona / Marko's lover
Nicke Lignell Nicke Lignell ... Olli / Waiter (as Niclas Lignell)
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Storyline

A hopeless romantic, Iiris' perceptions of romance stem from the hours of movie viewing she engages in when not working in her Helsinki bookstore. With such an idealized view of love, her experiences with real romantic relationships have been varied and disappointing -- until she is introduced to young film director Marko. Deftly able to discuss all of her favorite movies and thusly capable of understanding her unique romantic points of view, he initially seems the perfect man for her and the couple start an intense romantic relationship. They are soon forced to question the very precepts of their relationship when their film-based conversations become old and repetitive while both begin recognizing and stripping away the over-romanticized illusions each had developed about the other. After he leaves her, she gets depressed. But whe her best friend Laura leaves her husband and two children for her ex, she and her husband, Sami console each other. Written by lament

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores e Despedidas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM 7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$314,812 (Finland), 7 February 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Heikki Vihinen, leader of the theater of the city of Tampere and part of a comedy group called Kummeli, agreed to do his role only if he could be completely naked. He is the man Iris finds in the bathroom after her mothers party. This also ruined the movies changes of getting a release in the USA because of the male full frontal nudity. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Your Heart
Written by Paul Heard and Mike Pickering
Performed by M People
BMG Scandinavia / EMI
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A film with flair and attitude
3 March 2003 | by amzoSee all my reviews

This film is about Iiris, a young woman who works in a bookstore, loves movies, and can quote lines from "Taxi Driver" like second nature who is satisfied with her life and being alone. She meets an aspiring film maker, Marko, who loves movies just as much as her and they hit it off great. But she soon finds out that love is not like in the movies-- and true feelings don't always run deep.

Defunct relationships are shown, and true love is strongly doubted in this film. Her dilemmas are very realistic and this film shows the true side of relationships. Although this film can cater to the views of bitter and cynical people, it is a harsh view of love, and what it brings. I myself am glad the film can counter the trite and clichéd with new and different. The cinematography uses time-lapse photography, the hand-held camera effect at times, and many jump cuts, making the film itself very interesting to watch. Although some criticize it for being too long, I think the length is necessary to show the feelings of the characters and the changes that take place. The end of the film could have a couple of interpretations, but you will just have to see the film and decide for yourself.


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