Saturday, January 26, 2008

8 päivää ensi-iltaan

8 dagar till premiären / [8 Days to the Premiere]. FI (c) 2008 Juonifilmi. P: Matti Halonen. D+SC: Perttu Leppä. The play within the film: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the Finnish translation by Yrjö Jylhä. DP: Jyrki Arnikari. AD: Pirjo Rossi. M: Pauli Hanhiniemi. Songs include "If I Ever Fall In Love Again" sung by Mikko Leppilampi. Starring: Laura Birn (Vilma), Mikko Leppilampi (Lauri), Elina Knihtilä (BB), Unto Helo and Timo Lavikainen (Ros / Gil), Konsta Hiekkanen (Head), Ada Kukkonen (Jenni), Iina Kuustonen (Noora), Matti Onnismaa (the monk), Svante Martin (Boss), Antti Reini (the director), Mi Grönlund (Charlotta), Outi Mäenpää (Paula). Released by FS Film. Viewed at Kinopalatsi 2, Helsinki, 26 Jan 2008. A romantic comedy during the theatre production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. An ultra-shy prompter (Laura Birn) has to take the role of Julia, and there is a triangle drama around the heartthrob Mikko Leppilampi. No tragedy this, and "the fate worse than death" is falling in love with Leppilampi. Perttu Leppä has a firm grasp of entertaining story-telling, but the comedy is formulaic, sitcom style, and there are one-note characters. Original touches include the interaction of the ghosts of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and "the twilight bark" of the young Goths. The audience had a good time, the well-timed comedy points were rewarded with laughter, and the young females did not hide their pleasure at the sight of Leppilampi's trimmed upper body. For comparison: All About Eve, and Les Amants de Vérone, with Anouk Aimée and Serge Reggiani.

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