A film by Juho Kuosmanen
Cast: Oona Airola, Jarkko Lahti, Eero Milonoff
English tile: The happiest day of my life.
The winner of this year’s Un Certain Regard prize, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is Juho Kuosmanen’s chronicle of a boxer from Finland in 1962 based on his life. A unique and beautiful boxing movie shot on 16mm in black and white.
it is not about raging on the ring but about love. Olli Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) is a humble baker, who loves to fight and is going to fight an American world champion Davey Moore for the championship in the feather weight category . It is good for Finland to see the fight at home. Olli is a hard-ass and ambitious trainer Elis pushes him to reach his fighting weight, and ferries him around to photo shoots, sponsor dinners the works. Olli has a chance to be Finland’s golden boy, of hitting the really big time. will he make it he has to lose 4 kilo in a few weeks.
You see Olli is a communist baker who has some problem staying focus. First he has to concentrate his effort on loosing 4 kilo to make it in the feather weight. His coach wants him to focus bit Olli meets this girl that he is falling in love with a girl named Raija (Oona Airola). The film is charming and also funny , it also reminds us how important it is to forge our own path to happiness, regardless of outside expectations.