Harjunpaa and the Persecutors

This gloomy urban thriller, filmed mostly at night, is about a couple of malcontents who harass a yuppie couple. Sluggish yarn looks unlikely to spark interest outside its home turf.

With:
Harjunpaa ... Kari Heiskanen Onerva ... Riitta Havukainen Jari Lahikoinen ... Mats Langbacka Sanna Lahikoinen ... Sari Havas Dodo ... Antti Virmavirta Anttu ... Tom Poysti Thurman ... Svante Martin

This gloomy urban thriller, filmed mostly at night, is about a couple of malcontents who harass a yuppie couple. Sluggish yarn looks unlikely to spark interest outside its home turf.

A policeman, Harjunpaa, and his female partner investigate the persecution, which mostly takes the form of ordering unwanted deliveries to the home of the couple, such as a huge pile of coal, which is dumped on their cherished rose garden. The constant worry eventually drives the yuppie husband off his rocker, and dour tale ends with a couple of suicides.

It’s hard to get engrossed in these basically uninteresting characters. Direction is flat, pacing slow. Otherwise, credits are OK.

Harjunpaa and the Persecutors

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Production: An Ake Lindman Film production. Produced, directed by Ake Lindman. Screenplay , Lindman, Esko Salervo, based on a novel by Matti Yrjana Joensuuu. Camera (color), Pertti Mutanen; editor, Pipsa Valasvaara; music, Lasse Martenson; sound, Jussi Olkinuora; line producer, Raili Salmi; assistant director, Liisa Rauteva. Reviewed at Leura screening room, Leura, Australia, April 30, 1994. (In Sydney Film Festival.) Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Harjunpaa ... Kari Heiskanen Onerva ... Riitta Havukainen Jari Lahikoinen ... Mats Langbacka Sanna Lahikoinen ... Sari Havas Dodo ... Antti Virmavirta Anttu ... Tom Poysti Thurman ... Svante Martin

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