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Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #18: A Man’s Job (2007)

May 1, 2011

janne the director from lunki and sika wearing a The Shield logo t-shirt18. A Man’s Job (2007)  Original title: Miehen työ

So… How many Finnish movies have you seen? What? NONE?! Oh man, you are missing out…

While they make less movies than pretty much the rest of the world they know how to make at least one FANTASTIC movie each year.

And the rest are movies about the Russian/Finnish Winter War that I can’t distinguish…

This is a fun but deadpan black comedy about a dad who loses his job and accidentally becomes a male escort. It might sound like it got similarities with Hung but where that show relish in its quirkiness this simply accepts the situation and uses it to tell us great stories about great characters. And it isn’t afraid to show the gritty side of the job but with taste and respect.

Tommi Korpela as the working man is excellent and knows how “less is more” works. He is surrounded by an equally excellent cast, especially all the mature women who plays his customers. There really are no excuses for not trying out more films from Finland – trust me.

While I’m at it –  here are a bunch of other Finnish movies produced in the 21st Century I would like to recommend: Sauna (2008), The Visitor (Muukalainen, 2008) and pretty much anything by Aki Kaurismäki (but not his brother Mika). Aki is like a weird talking drunker version of Jim Jarmush so if that sounds appetizing you should try The Man Without A Past [DVD] (Mies vailla menneisyyttä, 2002) for starters.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 19. Death Race 2000 (1975)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2011 10:59

    I shall put A Man’s Job on my list of movies to watch as someone who enjoys Hung.

    And my first Finnish movie – at least that I am consciously aware of!

  2. Janne the Director permalink
    May 2, 2011 10:59

    That’s great to hear! Let us know what you thought about the movie once you’ve seen it, would be cool to find out if you loved/hated it!

    Finland: Now you owe me one.

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