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Movies: Best Movies in Finnish(Suomi)

Finnish (endonym: suomi [ˈsuo̯mi] or suomen kieli [ˈsuo̯meŋ ˈkie̯li]) is a Finnic language of the Uralic language family, spoken by the majority of the population in Finland and by ethnic Finns outside of Finland. Finnish is one of the two official languages of Finland, alongside Swedish. In Sweden, both Finnish and Meänkieli (which has significant mutual intelligibility with Finnish) are official minority languages. The Kven language, which like Meänkieli is mutually intelligible with Finnish, is spoken in the Norwegian counties Troms and Finnmark by a minority group of Finnish descent. Finnish is typologically agglutinative and uses almost exclusively suffixal affixation. Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, numerals and verbs are inflected depending on their role in the sentence. Sentences are normally formed with subject–verb–object word order, although the extensive use of inflection allows them to be ordered differently. Word order variations are often reserved for differences in information structure. Finnish orthography uses a Latin-script alphabet derived from the Swedish alphabet, and is phonetic to a great extent. Vowel length and consonant length are distinguished, and there are a range of diphthongs, although vowel harmony limits which diphthongs are possible. ()

Finnish is spoken in Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia and 2,345 movies (between 1907 and 2024) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Finland (2,201). Popular genres for Finnish movies are Drama (953), Comedy (762) and Documentary (452). Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012), Unknown Soldier (2017), Sisu (2023), Mother of Mine (2005) and The Midwife (2015) are among the best known & most successful Finnish movies.


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Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble(2012)

3.0/5 (with 24 votes)

Set right before Christmas, Niko the reindeer must deal with his mom getting re-married and his being tasked with looking after his little stepbrother.

Unknown Soldier(2017)

2h 59min | War, Drama
3.8/5 (with 80 votes)

The film follows Finnish army machine gun company in Continuation War against Soviet Union, 1941–1944. Based on Väinö Linna's best selling novel Tuntematon Sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) and the novel's uncensored version, Sotaromaani (A War Novel).

Sisu(2023)

R
| 1h 31min | Action, War
3.8/5 (with 736 votes)

Deep in the wilderness of Lapland, Aatami Korpi is searching for gold but after he stumbles upon Nazi patrol, a breathtaking and gold-hungry chase through the destroyed and mined Lapland wilderness begins.

Mother of Mine(2005)

1h 51min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 19 votes)

1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She was expecting a little girl and still mourns for her daughter who drowned in the sea.

The Midwife(2015)

1h 59min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 13 votes)

Helena has worked as a kind of midwife on the eve of the Lapland War. She wants to leave everything behind, and a suitable opportunity arises when she falls in love with a German-Finnish officer Johannes, who is leaving to German-led Titovka prison camp in the Soviet Union. Helena enlists into the camp as a nurse, where she experiences the brutality of war.

FC Venus(2005)

2.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Pete is a football enthusiast, who plays as a goalkeeper for FC HeMan, a team playing in the lowest possible league. His girlfriend, Anna, hates the whole sport. Pete and his teammates are planning to travel to watch the Football World Cup held in Germany. Anna is not excited about Pete's plan to leave her alone for the summer. Therefore Anna decides to present a challenge to Pete: She will form a team from the wives and girlfriends of the FC HeMan players, and then the women's team (FC Venus) would play against FC HeMan. If the women's team wins, the men will have to give up football, and if the men's team wins, the women will never complain about their hobby.

Directed by Joona Tena - With Petteri Summanen

Moomins on the Riviera(2014)

G
| 1h 20min | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
2.9/5 (with 15 votes)

The Moomins along with Little My and Snorkmaiden had a sea journey that after storms and desert island dangers leads the family to Riviera, the place that takes their unity to the test.

Directed by Xavier Picard

Rendel(2017)

1h 45min | Fantasy, Action, Crime
2.7/5 (with 90 votes)

Rendel, a masked superhero, becomes blinded by his desire for revenge against a sinister criminal organization.

Directed by Jesse Haaja - With Kris Gummerus

Tom of Finland(2017)

1h 55min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 56 votes)

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Directed by Dome Karukoski - With Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Jakob Oftebro, Seumas Sargent, ...

The Other Side of Hope(2017)

1h 41min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 125 votes)

A restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee who has recently arrived in Finland.

Lights in the Dusk(2006)

1h 18min | Crime, Drama
3.3/5 (with 49 votes)

Koistinen is a sad sack, a man without affect or friends. He's a night-watchman in Helsinki with ideas of starting his own business, but nothing to go with those intentions. He sometimes talks a bit with a woman who runs a snack trailer near his work. Out of the blue, a young sophisticated blonde woman attaches herself to Koistinen. He thinks of her as his girlfriend, he takes her on her rounds.

Fallen Leaves(2023)

NR
| 1h 21min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

In modern-day Helsinki, Ansa and Holappa, two lonely souls in search of their first love, meet by chance in a local karaoke bar. However, the pair’s path to happiness is beset by numerous obstacles—from lost phone numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism, and a charming stray dog.

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Moomins and the Winter Wonderland(2017)

2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

This winter is extraordinary; Moomintroll decides to stay awake to explore the winter instead of hibernating as usually. And winters are certainly totally different than he had imagined. Strangest creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts; midwinter darkness surrounds the Moominvalley, and on top of that, an eccentric guest is soon to appear. This guest requires many measures, and is called Christmas, Hemulen tells to a surprised Moomintroll.

Directed by Ira Carpelan

The Hijack That Went South(2013)

1h 33min | Crime, Thriller, History
2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.

Hatching(2022)

NR
| 1h 31min | Horror, Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 145 votes)

12 year old Tinja is desperate to please her mother, a woman obsessed with presenting the image of a perfect family. One night, Tinja finds a strange egg. What hatches is beyond belief.

Directed by Hanna Bergholm - With Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen, Reino Nordin, Siiri Solalinna, Saija Lentonen

The Matriarch(2007)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Martta and Otto are a pair of traveling tailors who claim to be bastard descendants of the Romanovs and wander from town to town in Finland seeking work, accompanied by their two half-witted adult sons, Hippo, Repe and equally silly son-in-law Ventti. The family occasionally turns to crime when they can't quite make ends meet, and the boys begin turning to violence with greater frequency when Otto weakens and Martta becomes the head of the family business. Their fortunes take an unexpected turn when the brothers assault and abduct a man they call Kaspar, who becomes the family's sidekick in their travels. Despite Kaspar's inability to speak, he attracts Martha's youngest daughter, an attractive young woman named Lara, but the family is in disarray when a long-lost half-brother, Laszlo, suddenly re-emerges and tries to wrest control of the clan away from his mother.

Directed by Markku Pölönen - With Peter Franzén

Madame President(2012)

1h 26min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Rouva Presidentti is a documentary on Tarja Halonen, the 11th President of Finland. The movie follows Halonen for one and a half years, during her last times as President.

Directed by Aleksi Bardy

For the Living and the Dead(2005)

1h 35min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

An ordinary suburban family is shattered when their youngest son is killed in an accidental fire while locked inside the family's car on their yard. Mother Marja can't stop crying, father Jaakko can't cry at all but blames himself for the fire. Their remaining son Timo develops problems at school because of his constant worries about his parents' safety. In their grief, Marja and her sister Leena have to confront an old family secret, their little sister's accidental death for which Leena has quietly blamed herself through decades.

The Man Without a Past(2002)

3.7/5 (with 126 votes)

A man arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.

Conversations Between Men(2013)

1h 30min | Drama

After being struggling to finish his ninth book, an irrelevant author decides to try change his methods.

Directed by Jarmo Lampela

Sexy as Hell(2016)

10min | Comedy
1.0/5 (with 1 vote)

When an accounting company moves, it’s CEO gets an opportunity to display her awesome management skills.

Pikku Pietarin piha(1961)

1h 13min
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

This simple, unsophisticated tale by Finnish director and writer Jack Witikka is geared toward the younger set, whatever their age. It is a standard melodrama with a touch of fantasy, centered on events in a courtyard in a small village. A little orphan boy (Tuukka Tanner) is the focus of attnetion, as well as his stepmother (Elsa Turakainen) whose special qualities engender a certain mystery around her person -- and hint at magical powers.

Directed by Jack Witikka - With Simo Puupponen

Sven Tuuva the Hero(1958)

2h 21min | War, Drama
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

For six hundred years Sweden had controlled most of Finland until the war with Russia that ended in 1809, when Finland became a Grand Duchy of the Russian Czar. This period drama is set during that early 19th-century war and focuses on one of its heroes, Sven Tuuva. Sven is a decent yet not too brilliant soldier, and his exploits are partly balanced here by the charms of a compatriot.

Directed by Edvin Laine - With Veikko Sinisalo

That Kiljunen Family(1981)

3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The Kiljunen family wins a holiday trip to Helsinki and the city will never be the same again.

Directed by Matti Kuortti - With Jukka Sipilä, Marja-Sisko Aimonen

Gray(1993)

2min
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The films are situated, both formally and narratively, in the terrain between short fiction and advertisements. They examine the differences and interactions between the two: the effects of the moving-image tradition and the language of film on advertising; and the use of narrative strategies and means of expression from adverts in drama. The subject of GRAY is the change in reality caused by a catastrophe, and the blurring of the boundary between self and other. It deals with a situation in which the other cannot be excluded, because it is in the very air that is breathed. Three women talk about a nuclear disaster that has occurred beyond the national borders. Their speech is allusive, including both facts about nuclear accidents and private thoughts. The women descend in a freight elevator to a dark, underwater place. The change, whether caused by fallout from a nuclear accident or the invasion of a foreign language and customs is permanent.

Forever Yours(2011)

1h 15min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Forever Yours is a film about children who have been taken into custody. Through the children, their biological parents and foster parents, the film depicts love in everyday life. The film explores the invisible bond between a child and a biological parent. Even when a child is taken into custody, the yearning for closeness to the biological parents and need for their approval never seems to disappear. This longing is a form of loneliness that the foster parents struggle to overcome. The film describes the entire foster care process: a child being brought into a shelter home, a teenager’s everyday life in a foster family, and siblings preparing to return to their biological mother, after five years in a foster family.

Directed by Mia Halme

Vares X(2024)

Vares gets a desperate phone call from his friend Kyypakkaus, who needs rescuing. While Vares rescues his friend, the daughter of a private detective's stepfamily is kidnapped. Vares is forced to play for higher stakes than ever before. Events become intertwined with a mysterious sex cult and an underworld showdown. Who can Jussi Vares finally save?

Directed by Tuukka Temonen - With Leo Honkonen

A Winter's Journey(2007)

3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A documentary film about singing and a young man in search of himself and his voice.

Father to Son(2004)

1h 10min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

The film examines the painful relationship between fathers and sons through the eyes of one family. Four generations of men are featured in the film. Father to Son deals with the conflict between generations and their subjective memories, and the way different methods of raising children pass from one generation to the next. How often and to what extent do we repeat the behavioural patterns of our fathers; can we change or break these patterns or is repeating them inescapable, and how many generations are needed for change to occur? Are the values we have inherited from our fathers still valid in the modern world? One of the leading themes of this film is the sensitivity of a man and a boy, and its preservation and suppression.

Love and Other Troubles(2012)

2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

Ville, 25, is a downbeat former child star who's successfully avoided his womanizing rock 'n' roll dad for years. Everything changes when his dad moves into his flat and they both fall in love with the same American line-dancing teacher.

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