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Anita

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.

With:
Anita Virtanen ... Liisa Mustonen Matti Harkonen ... Pirkka-Pekka Petelius Rotko ... Taneli Makela

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.

Anita

(FINNISH)

Production: A Fantasiafilmi production. (International sales: Fantasiafilmi, Helsinki.) Produced by Asko Apajalahti, Jukka Helle, Johannes Lassila. Directed by Peter Lindholm. Screenplay, Lindholm, Olli-Pekka Parviainen. Camera (color), Kjell Lageroos; editor, Lindholm; music, Jori Sivonen; costume design, Meiju Vaisanen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 15, 1994. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Anita Virtanen ... Liisa Mustonen Matti Harkonen ... Pirkka-Pekka Petelius Rotko ... Taneli Makela

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