The story bases on four Finnish brothers, nicknamed ’the Eura Daltons’ who received nation-wide notoriety for tearing gas pumps apart when they needed cash.
For all their life, Otto, Matti, Ilkka and Eero Takkunen have been under the thumb of their tyrannical father who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Strict discipline is kept with raised fists, belt lashes and even a sickle, and child benefits have gone down the drain. Drawing inspiration from the Holy Bible the despotic father believes firmly on the evil nature of television, chewing gum and fashion. He raises his children under unrelenting cruelty.
The boys are used to getting more sympathy from the animals on their farm than from the rest of the society. Their home has no electricity and they survive on charity, eating mainly blueberry mush. They spend their time reading comics and working out, but they never resort to violence.
When their father is put away into a mental institution, the boys are left to manage on their own. Adrift without help or guidance, they make ends meet by robbing slot machines. They get by, but hunger for more, and soon start robbing unmanned gas stations.
The ever-deepening path of crime and secrecy forces them to independence. With their father gone, their greatest desire - to be like everyone else - is finally within their reach, but there are many obstacles on their way to acceptance.
One liner:Sometimes following the rules is not an option
Two liner: The Takkunen brothers are every mother’s dream: they don’t drink, smoke or curse – yet they have committed over hundred robberies.
SELECTED TECHNICAL CREDITS
Director: ALEKSI MÄKELÄ
Producer: MARKUS SELIN
Executive producer: JUKKA HELLE
Production manager: SIRKKA RAUTIAINEN
Screenwriter: PEKKA LEHTOSAARI
based on the original story by Anssi Miettinen and Pekka Lehtosaari
Cinematographer: PINI HELLSTEDT F.S.C
Editor: KIMMO TAAVILA
Original score by: TUOMAS KANTELINEN
Production designer: RISTO KARHULA
Sound designer: JYRKI RAHKONEN
Costume designer: MINNA KIVIRANTA
Location manager: KIMI SEPPÄNEN
Make up artist: MARI VAALASRANTA
Publicity: RAMPE TOIVONEN
Graphic designer: JUSSI MAULA
Production: Solar Films Inc.
In association with
YLE draama / Juha Rosma
Finnish Film Foundation / Olli Soinio 2003
Soundtrack: Poko-cd 268
35 mm / colour / 2.35:1 / dolby digital / 120 min.
SELECTED CAST CREDITS
Otto PETER FRANZÉN
Matti NIKO SAARELA
Ilkka LAURI NURKSE
Eero ASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN
Jouko VESA-MATTI LOIRI
Pirjo ELSA SAISIO
Ensio RISTO TUORILA
Muukkonen HANNU-PEKKA BJÖRKMAN
Leena ANNA HERTTUAINEN
Aulis EERO MILONOFF
Timo ARTTU KAPULAINEN
Tuulikki EEVA LITMANEN
Nurse TIINA PIRHONEN
Sirkka OUTI MÄENPÄÄ
Headmaster OIVA LOHTANDER
Veijo Esso VESA MÄKELÄ
Harri Hammas-Lärvinen JUHA VEIJONEN
Pauli Kotkanen JUKKA SIPILÄ
Police officer Kaasi PEKKA HUOTARI
Police officer Sisu HANNU KIVIOJA
Police officer Mutka TOMMI KORPELA
Sales person. .KARI HIETALAHTI
Social workerJONNA JÄRNEFELT
Postman TEEMU AROMAA
Hooker ANNA-MARIA ARVOLA
Lawyer JOHANNES LASSILA
Timo´s girlfriend JENNI BANERJEE