Lapland Odyssey

6.81 h 32 min201013+
A fast-paced, quirky, laugh-out-loud unpredictable sexy comedy about a young husband's desperate attempts to get a cable box for his wife. Set in the dark, snow covered landscape of northern Finland.
Dome Karukoski
Jussi VatanenJasper PääkkönenTimo Lavikainen
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Pamela TolaKari KetonenMiia NuutilaMoa GammelKonsta MäkeläAndrei Tsumak
Aleksi Bardy
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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happysmileReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly funny
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This film is very funny. I watched it twice, which is rare for me. So many times, I find American comedies just stupid. And I'm American!

Because my husband and I will be visiting Finland this August, I watch Finnish films to get an idea of the geography and culture. My husband and only have two weeks to stay. And there's a lot to see in Southern Finland. Moreover, travel logistics get much harder the farther north you travel in Finland. (The public transportation system in Southern Finland is one of the best in the world. However, VR railroad doesn't go the length of Finland.) So we scrapped our excursion plans to Lapland. We wanted to go but it's was just too much hassle.

So, when I saw the title I was immediately interested. I wanted to see Lapland. The story is set in the Christmas season. Unfortunately, mostly you see interiors or exterior night driving on conifer lined, snowy roads. Sadly, the location didn't look that much different than wintertime country roads near where I live. This film highlighted the rural poverty and the dependence on tourism as a major source of revenue in Northern Finland.

Also, it showcased the Finnish sense of humor. Although often quiet and reserved by American standards, the Finns have a great sense of humor. You just need to get to know them before they come out of their shells and really make you laugh. The film centers on three life long friends. So their humor is upfront. And road trip misadventures are universal.
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The Tally HoReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
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Napapiirin Sankarit - Review Without Spoiler
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Napapiirin Sankarit (Lapland Odyssey) is a Finnish Black Comedy with fantastic cinematography. It is really well done other than a few of the special effects of the car accident. It reminded me of the 12.5 years I lived in Alaska and how the simple things can become an adventure worth remembering. Not only is this a good black comedy it also has a good plot which I will not spoil. I definitely recommend this movie especially if you like Finnish humour.
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GKS777Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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It started off sort of depressing but it was really a funny movie. It had some great moments and there are moments where they speak English. I really liked it. I think that it's worth watching especially if you like films from Europe with subtitles. I think it's great to see different films. The cinematography was very good. I am curios how they did some of the pool shots. I also am curious as to how they filmed in the city with all that ice, cold, darkness, and elements. I would like to know what type of cameras they used and etc. I thought it was a good film.
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Big MommaReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Transfixed by the landscape!
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This movie was entertaining and light, with a little romance and a lot of bromance.

I could not stop watching it, even when the pace slowed, because Lapland is so beautiful (at least what we see in this film, which does not take place in a city).

A strange life those Laplanders lead - driving for miles on snow, passing reindeer here and there, until the plot takes a turn with some roadkill. Not for the squeamish, anyone who has grown up on a farm will feel a bit more comfortable with what follows.

All the characters are sympathetic. I especially liked the male lead - and I'm old enough to be his mom!
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RickhollandhfxReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, and not that dark.
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Another Finnish movie that captivates people that are tired of the same old Hollywood fare. Not really that dark, try to watch the whole screen as you read the sub-titles for the oddly hilarious things that pop up unexpectedly. Someone likened it to the hangover, but you really sort of like these guys and hope they come out OK. They are more characters than caricatures.
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Selva OscuraReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining and offbeat film...
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.. into the heart of icy northern darkness, with all the bleak humor you can handle. A tale of questing and love, set against a gorgeous snowy background - watch it in July to cool off!
RedOneStandingByReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Geeks will love it regardless
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This is the funniest Finnish comedy there is. It is the kind of movie that requires your full attention span though, so don't expect casual movie goers to appreciate it. Geeks will love it regardless. Now we just need a Region A or Region Free release of the sequel.
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Suzanne B Ealy RomeyReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
likeable ...lovely scenery...
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good flow...
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