Archive of films Lovers and Leavers / Kuutamolla

2002, 119 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2003

A movie-obsessed, 30-year-old woman finds romance and happiness in this Finnish equivalent of Bridget Jones´s Diary


A movie-obsessed thirtysomething Finnish woman finds romance and happiness in the ambitious Lovers and Leavers, a comedic compendium of contempo romantic tropes that compares favorably with Bridget Jones´s Diary. "It´s my 30th birthday, and I can´t sleep," announces Iiris Vaara (Minna Haapkylä), whose life outside the bookstore where she works consists of a steady diet of Hollywood movies and a long procession of first dates. Though a relationship with budding film director Marko (Peter Franzén) starts promisingly, they soon break off and Iiris must rely on her inner resolve to regain her dignity and find peace. Leisurely script never met a romantic situation that didn´t have an applicable line from a movie, and the film is drenched in references and clips from high-profile Hollywood fare.
Eddie Cockrell 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Aku Louhimies
Screenplay: Katja Kallio, Aku Louhimies, from Kallio´s novel
Dir. of Photography: Heikki Färm
Music: Leri Leskinen
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Producer: Jarkko Hentula, Ilkka Matila, Marko Röhr
Production: MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy
Cast: Minna Haapkylä, Peter Franzén, Laura Malmivaara
Contact: MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy, The Finnish Film Foundation, NonStop Sales AB


Jaana Puskala

Film Institution Rep.

Minna Haapkylä


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