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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Finland, 2016

HOME, 27 April 2017

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An unusual boxing film, this effort from Finland, that is all about a fellow who at root is a lover not a fighter.

He wants to walk along a river holding hands with his girl, not go ten rounds with a mean (actually, a very gentlemanly though ruthlessly professional) American world champion. We have several low key, generally excellent performances. There are ordinary, magical lives deftly observed. And there is a big heart at its centre; it is a film that pulls no punches.