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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016) Poster

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In the end of the film, Olli and Raija walk to the harbor and encounter an old couple. The couple are the real-life Olli and Raija Mäki.
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In 2011 in Kokkola city theatre, director Juho Kuosmanen saw a play about Olli Mäki, who was also in the audience that night. After the play, the theatre director Jarkko Lahti posed together with Mäki for a picture. Kuosmanen said to Lahti that if he directed a film about Mäki, Lahti could play the leading role. Lahti took that as a promise and began training boxing. He even took a few official amateur bouts (which he lost) and thus it became obvious that he really would play Olli Mäki in this film.
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Early test footage shot in color did not capture the time period. By choosing to use 16mm B&W the film-makers were able to give recently renovated locations a vintage look. The lack of color hid modern details.
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Elis Ask's apartment in the film was set in the apartment of director Juho Kuosmanen.
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Director Juho Kuosmanen, producer Jussi Rantamäki, actor Jarkko Lahti, actress Oona Airola and the real Olli Mäki whom Lahti plays in the film, are all from the city of Kokkola.
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Official submission of Finland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

the last lines of the film, spoken by the star Olli's girlfriend, Reija, are delivered just after a couple, hand in hand passes them (anonymously: only their backs to screen), when she looks wistfully back to ask her then boyfriend, Olli (hero of the film): "Do you think we'll be like them?", who looks back and says "You mean old?"; "Yes" she replies - "and happy?" After a beat, Olli replies "Of course we will": the couple are listed in the credits as (real life) Reija and Olli. [English subtitle translations of the original Finnish.]
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