TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Finland/Sweden/Germany 2016) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

the_happiest_day_poster.jpgTHE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Finland/Sweden/Germany 2016) ****
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Stars: Eero Milonoff, Oona Airola, Deogracias Masomi

Review by Gilbert Seah

Finland’s most famous filmmaker, Aki Kaurismaki is well known for his dead-pan comedy. The tradition is carried on in Juho Kuosmanen’s debut feature which was also a top prize winner at this year’s Cannes festival in the Un Certain Regard section. The film is inspired by the true story of Finland’s most successful boxer, Olli Maki of the 1960s.

Shot in black and white with meticulous attention to period detail, the film centres on the prelude to Mäki’s historic fight in Helsinki with American Davey Moore, the bantamweight champion of the world.

While the U.S. makes films on boxing champions, it takes a country like Finland to make one on a loser.

The happiest day is the day Maki loses his match – in just 2 rounds. But this is a charming romantic comedy about what’s important in life. The most fun the couple has in the film is to skip flats stones across the water.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBGb-YY5Vs

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