The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen
HOME, 27 April 2017
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.