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ALMOST 18

by Maarit Lalli

synopsis

KARRI, 17, takes his last driving lesson with his own taxi-driver mother as the teacher. She wants to discuss serious things in life. The wheel turns into the wrong direction right on the home yard. Finland loses in ice-hockey to Sweden again, and mother smells alcohol in her son's breath. PETE, 17, soothes his girlfriend who has taken an abortion pill. Guilt for killing a living being does not leave Pete in peace. ANDRÉ, 17, has to pick up his little brother from the kindergarten for the third time this week. Mother is again "working extra hours". After midnight mother comes home stone drunk and with a colleague from her workplace in her arms. AKSELI, 17, heads off to spend a weekend in the country with his grandparents who have, unbeknownst to Akseli, invited his father, an ex-alcoholic. Father and son take off deer-hunting in the forest, in a tiny hunters' hideaway where silence has to be total. JONI, 18, has a summer job at the Linnanmäki amusement park as a wolf who attracts all teenage girls to his furry arms. After hours Joni freelances as a stripper for grown-up ladies to finance his drug habits.

international title: Almost 18
original title: Kohta 18
country: Finland
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Maarit Lalli
release date: FI 09/03/2012
screenplay: Maarit Lalli, Henrik Mäki-Tanila
cast: Karim Al-Rifai, Arttu Lähteenmäki, Henrik Mäki-Tanila, Anton Thompson Coon, Ben Thompson Coon, Mari Perankoski, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Elina Knihtilä
cinematography by: Jan Nyman, Rauno Ronkainen, Harri Räty
film editing: Maarit Lalli, Jenny Tervakari
art director: Maarit Lalli
costumes designer: Maarit Lalli
music: Kepa Lehtinen
producer: Maarit Lalli
production: Huh huh - Filmi Oy
distributor: Nordisk Film AB
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