A Suburban Tale

A small-scale, quirky comedy about a burnt-out fireman, "A Suburban Tale" is amiable without being particularly memorable. An engagingly raffish performance from Taisto Reimaluoto as the decidedly peculiar hero is pic's main asset, but international exposure looks to be limited.

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With: Taisto Reimaluoto, Anna-Maija Valonen, Elena Leeve, Antti Litja.

A small-scale, quirky comedy about a burnt-out fireman, “A Suburban Tale” is amiable without being particularly memorable. An engagingly raffish performance from Taisto Reimaluoto as the decidedly peculiar hero is pic’s main asset, but international exposure looks to be limited.

Jesse (Reimaluoto), a firefighter who lives alone in a city apartment, saves several children in a kindergarten blaze, but the publicity his bravery receives seems to unsettle him, and he makes a fool of his superior officer at an award ceremony. Accordingly, he’s relieved of his position and takes the opportunity of visiting his estranged father in the ‘burbs. Here he becomes re-acquainted with his former girlfriend who, under the name Lusty Terki, operates a phone sex business. She also has an alluring teenage daughter, who could possible be Jesse’s, and her current boyfriend is Jesse’s childhood enemy. What follows is laid back and mostly amusing, with casual nudity, bright packaging and generally solid performances.

A Suburban Tale

Finland

Production: A Kinotar Oy production. (International sales: Kinotar Oy, Helsinki.) Produced by Lasse Saarinen. Directed by Sakari Kirjavainen. Screenplay, Esko Salervo, Kirjavainen.

Crew: Camera (color), Petri Rossi; editor, Heikki Ahola; music, Anna-Mari Kahara; production designers, Jukka Uusitalo, Tiina Tuovinen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 19, 2001. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Taisto Reimaluoto, Anna-Maija Valonen, Elena Leeve, Antti Litja.

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