Commercials director Peter Lindholm makes a smooth transition to features with “Anita,” a high-gloss, fast-paced caper-crimer about a female con artist that’s solid, if not socko, entertainment. Finnish production probably won’t interest the arthouse market.
Title character (an impressive Liisa Mustonen) is a chic grifter who has become headline news throughout the country for a series of ruthlessly executed scams. Hard-boiled cop Harkonen (Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) has an obsession with catching her, but so far she’s eluded his clutches.
Real story starts when Anita meets another super-grifter (Taneli Makela) and the two team up on a major bank-account swindle. Complication is that Anita falls for her partner, who’s several notches above her in coldblooded business style.
Helmer Lindholm, who also co-wrote the screenplay, manages to play a few riffs on the crime genre by having voiceover narrations by three of the men involved with the main character, as well as a tight, procedural-like plot that doesn’t stand around on street corners. A few spicy sex scenes involving the heroine are stirred in for good measure.
Tech credits are peachy on all levels, and the movie’s visuals are never less than classy.