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Lapland Odyssey

A lukewarm slacker comedy set in subzero temperatures.

Cast:
With: Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Paakkonen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola, Kari Ketonen, Miia Nuutila, Moa Gammel. (Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian dialogue)

A lukewarm slacker comedy set in subzero temperatures, Dome Karukoski’s “Lapland Odyssey” is a likable enough road-trip frolic that’s not quite edgy, deadpan or laugh-out-loud funny enough to serve as more than a pleasant throwaway. Pic will score fest slots and has Scandinavian commercial prospects; Eurotube and some specialty DVD sales are signaled as well.

Janne (Jussi Vatanen) is unemployed and unconcerned, though longtime g.f. Inari (Pamela Tola) is getting fed up with his shiftless ways. The last straw comes when he’s given money to buy a cable-TV box but fails to do so. When Inari informs she’ll leave him unless he somehow gets the gadget by morning, he drafts two pals, horny but girl-repellent Raiha (Timo Lavikainen) and cynical Kapo (Jasper Paakkonen), to accompany him on an all-night quest. Numerous distractions and hurdles include a comely Swedish “underwater rugby” team, blizzards, unplanned reindeer butchering and the duplicity of Inari’s rich ex-boyfriend (Kari Ketonen), who woos her while Janne is away. Amiable but a little too soft to maximize the laughs eked from Finnish miserabilism, pic is well turned in tech/design departments, especially Pini Hellstedt’s attractive widescreen lensing.

Lapland Odyssey

Finland

Production: A Helsinki-Filmi Oy production in association with Ripple World Pictures and Anagram Prod. (International sales: Yellow Affair, Stockholm/Helsinki.) Produced by Aleksi Bardy. Co-producers, Dominic Wright, Jacqueline Kerrin, Martin Persson. Directed by Dome Karukoski. Screenplay, Pekko Pesonen.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, HD-to-35mm), Pini Hellstedt; editor, Harri Ylonen; music, Lance Hogan; production designer, Pirjo Rossi; costume designer, Anna Vilppunen. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 16, 2010. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Jussi Vatanen, Jasper Paakkonen, Timo Lavikainen, Pamela Tola, Kari Ketonen, Miia Nuutila, Moa Gammel. (Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian dialogue)

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