Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Veijarit / The Hustlers

Skojarna. FI © 2010 Bronson Club. EX: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin. P: Jesse Fryckman. D: Lauri Nurkse. SC: Katri Manninen. DP: Henri Blomberg - shot on Super 16 mm - digital intermediate 2k: Post Control Helsinki Oy - colour - 2,35:1. AD: Christer Andersson. Cost: Ella Brigatti. Make-up: Mari Vaalasranta. M: Pessi Levanto. S: Vesa Meriläinen. Song list beyond the jump break. ED: Aleksi Raij. Loc: Helsinki. CAST: Mikko Leppilampi (Saku), Antti Luusuaniemi (Ässä), Pihla Viitala (Anna), Hennariikka Laaksola (Vilma), Malla Malmivaara (Rita), Ville Tiihonen (Alex), Leo Honkonen (Stefu), Eero Ritala (Panu), Sonya Lindfors (Eerika). 95 min. Released by Nordisk, this screening without intertitles, at Tennispalatsi 8, Helsinki, 4 Jan 2011
The credits roll in reverse in the end of the film. There is a reversal motif also in the graphic design of the film and its advertising.

The director Lauri Nurkse tells that Veijarit is a film about "arjensietokyvyttömyys" (= inability to tolerate everyday life) and about the Peter Pan complex. The main actor Mikko Leppilampi says it's about "kolkyttoistavuotiaat" (= thirtyeenagers = people of thirty behaving like teenagers).

An immediate reference point is the commedia all'italiana of the 1950s and the 1960s, the black comedy often exposing the infantile stage of development of the Italian male, as incarnated by Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, and their colleagues. Sometimes there was a background of a deep mamma fixation, but there is no such explanation for Saku (Mikko Leppilampi) and Ässä (Antti Luusuaniemi). Saku is a successful AD and Ässä a weatherman. They share a large apartment and spend their evenings partying. They are well-known in the nightclubs, with a good score record, but scoring is not a big deal for them, which may be a factor in their success.

I am 55, so I am not qualified to judge the film's accuracy as a portrait of the thirtysomethings of today. But clearly this is a labour of love of the core team of Jesse Fryckman, Lauri Nurkse, Katri Manninen, Mikko Leppilampi, and Antti Luusuaniemi. Maybe there is even an ethnographic impulse to make a record of the trends and customs and fashions and figures of speech that keep changing so fast.

Saku and Ässä are anti-heroes, but we never fail to sense the humanity behind their shallow and crazy ways. Veijarit is a satire and a parody of a superficial way of life, but there is a vitality in the protagonists that we feel can lead them to a more meaningful stage of existence after the prolonged youth full of sound and fury. There is a motif of transcendence in the imagery of flying: will the balloons carry me or will they burst.

The digital intermediate look is obvious, most regrettably in the important aerial shots that convey the transcendent dimension.

There is an interesting dance and rhythm music score in the film.


Music (NB the credits are in reverse, as in the end credit titles):

Fonal Records 2006
Leinonen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Lamppu ja Lamppu"

Fonal Records 2006
Rouhento, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Rakkauden Rock"

Fonal Records 2008
Toivanen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Elävä ihmisjumala"

Fonal Records 2006
Salminen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Discopallo"

Fonal Records 2006
Leinonen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Muistatko kun tanssittiin"

Fonal Records 2008
Toivanen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Ihmisen kaltainen"

Fonal Records 2006
Leinonen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Kari Peitsamo
RISTO
"Rakkaus"

Fonal Records 2008
Toivanen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Sähköhäiriöön"

Fonal Records 2008
Toivanen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Ilta-aurinko hymyilee"

Fonal Records 2004
Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Nina, olen palasina"

Fonal Records 2008
Toivanen, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Putoan kaivossa"

Fonal Records 2004
Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Toiviainen
RISTO
"Jumalan kämmen"

Fonal Records 2006
Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Rukous"

Fonal Records 2004
Rannio, Ylihärsilä
Sov. Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Sade, kultainen sade"

Fonal Records 2010
Ylihärsilä
sov Eriksson, Kortepuro,
Säv. San. Ylihärsilä
RISTO
"Lyö"

Exogenic Records 2010
Sov. Väyrynen
Säv. San. Lankinen, Suarez
Vishnudata
"Silver Falls" (Accu Remix)

Exogenic Breaks Records 2008
Sov. Sirkiä, Louhio
Säv. San. Sirkiä, Louhio
Headphonics
"Push The Limit" (Movie Mix)

Exogenic Records 2009
Sov. Inkeroinen, Ström
Säv. San. Inkeroinen, Ström
Troll Scientists
"Ajattara"

Exogenic Records 2007
Sov. Louhio, Elsinen
Säv. San. Louhio, Elsinen
Kiwa
"Hertz So good"

Exogenic Records 2006
Sov. Louhio, Elsinen
Säv. San. Louhio, Elsinen
Kiwa
"Phat cat"

XO Records 2010
Sov. Paleface, Attila, Kari, Lassy
San. Paleface
Säv. Paleface, Attila, Kari, Lassy
Paleface
"Syntyny rellestää"

Exogenic Breaks Records 2006
Heimonen
Sov. Väyrynen, Väyrynen,
Heimonen
Säv. San. Väyrynen, Väyrynen,
Accu
"Nightfreak"

Exogenic Breaks Records 2006
Heimonen
Sov. Väyrynen, Väyrynen,
Heimonen
Säv. San. Väyrynen, Väyrynen,
Accu
"In the city"

(Finland) Oy 1978
Sony Music Entertainment
Sov. Heikkilä
San. Johansson
Säv. Kuoppamäki
Tapani Kansa
"R-A-K-A-S"

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