OLLI MÄKI (2016)

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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.

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