director: Dome Karukoski   
Finland, 2014, 104 minutes   

30th European Union Film Festival   

ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street, Ottawa   

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 3:50pm   

In the 1976 Olympics Lasse Viren cemented his place as the premier long distance runner in world with a 5,000 and 10,000m double, matching his 1972 feat. Not much has gone right for Finland since. At least not according to grandpa.

Grumpy old men is a long standing comedic device in the film industry, for very good reason. Generation gaps leads to the funny. Throw in country versus city living and we have the knee-slapping funny. Add the futuristic fangled electronic age devices to the mix and the rib-hurting funny ensues.

Pretty standard stuff, but there’s a nostalgic sadness when grandpa is thrown into modern city life. He’s sexist, racist, overbearing and stubborn. And sometimes he’s right. Lessons are learned, both from the old man, and from his ultra modern offspring, as classes and generations meet, argue, fight and crash cars.

Looking back with rosy glasses, grandpa pines for the good old days, though when the glasses come off we see a history much more complex. In the end, it’s not a matter of who is right, and who is wrong, it is just about being, and moving on.


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