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Upswing

An amusing Finnish comedy about a silly yuppie couple who get swindled out of their luxurious lifestyle and end up in a housing project, "Upswing" is unpretentious light entertainment sans social statement. A domestic hit, it might attract some TV interest abroad, especially in Scandi markets.

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With: Tiina Lymi, Petteri Summanen, Antti Virmavirta, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Juha Vijonen, Ville Virtanen.

An amusing Finnish comedy about a silly yuppie couple who get swindled out of their luxurious lifestyle and end up in a housing project, “Upswing” is unpretentious light entertainment sans social statement. Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s feature bow benefits from a well-woven script by Mika Ripatti with twists and characters who grow, but a so-so cast playing stereotyped rich kids, poor kids and a con man keeps pic in the average category. A domestic hit, it might attract some TV interest abroad, especially in Scandi markets.

In line for a high-paying job, Janne (Petteri Summanen) and his wife Katri (Tiina Lymi) get ready to make a leap up the social ladder. But it’s summer and, to outdo their friends, they sign up for a role-playing “vacation” in the disreputable Helsinki suburb of Jakomaki. The fun of slumming it with fast food, cheap clothes and scrounged newspapers abruptly ends when they discover they’ve been conned out of their house, car and lifestyle. Story switches gears as they search for the mysterious man who sent them on this vacation from hell, simultaneously bringing their personal and marital problems to a head.

Upswing

Finland

Production: A Kinotar Oy production. (International sales, Finnish Film Foundation, Helsinki.) Produced by Lasse Saarinen. Directed by Johanna Vuoksenmaa. Screenplay, Mika Ripatti.

Crew: Camera (color), Peter Flinckenberg; editor, Kimmo Kohtamaki; music, Kerkko Koskinen; production designer, Paivi Kettunen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 17, 2003. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Tiina Lymi, Petteri Summanen, Antti Virmavirta, Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Juha Vijonen, Ville Virtanen.

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