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Love Is a Treasure (2002)

Rakkaus on aarre (original title)
LOVE IS A TREASURE is about the world of women who have developed psychoses. It consists of five episodes each telling the story of one woman.


Eija-Liisa Ahtila
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heikki Putro Heikki Putro ... Veterinarian
Minna Pehkonen Minna Pehkonen ... Assistant
Amira Khalifa Amira Khalifa ... Woman under bed
Minttu Mustakallio Minttu Mustakallio ... Doctor / Woman
Marjaana Maijala Marjaana Maijala ... Nurse / Woman
Tommi Korpela ... Nurse / Man
Sesa Lehto Sesa Lehto ... Nurse / Mr. Wallach
Ullariikka Koskela Ullariikka Koskela ... Patient / Woman
Marjaana Kuusniemi Marjaana Kuusniemi ... Patient / Woman
Taru Honkonen Taru Honkonen ... Girl
Linda Borgström Linda Borgström ... Baseball team
Hani Hassan Hani Hassan ... Baseball team
Laura Kalenov Laura Kalenov ... Baseball team
Amanda Majurin Amanda Majurin ... Baseball team
Eva Nyman Eva Nyman ... Baseball team


LOVE IS A TREASURE is a 55-minute film about the world of women who have developed psychoses. It consists of five episodes each telling the story of one woman. The episodes are based on research and interviews, but the stories and dialogue are fiction, combinations of different elements. The film brings out the similarities between the ordered mind and the disordered mind: the ways in which the mind works and creates solutions in unusual situations. Written by Crystal Eye

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Release Date:

2002 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Kärleken är en skatt See more »

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(35 mm)


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The Cinematic Works
26 May 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

This 53 minute short can be seen as part of a hard to find collection called 'Eija-Liisa Ahtila - The Cinematic Works', which covers the shorts made from 1993 to 2005.

The pieces are all interesting, dense, and slightly surreal. Some were originally made as museum installation pieces. 'Love Is A Treasure' is the longest of the set, and explores madness in 4 women in a way that's simultaneously visceral (we actually see their hallucinations) and yet somehow intentionally distanced and 'undramatic' as well. It's about as un-Hollywood an approach to madness as one could get.

On a personal reaction level, I did find myself bored at moments, and never quite blown away, but I was also often intrigued, and struck by the power of some of the imagery. One to re-visit. I have a feeling there are more meanings and levels to be gotten on repeated viewings.

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