On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions. The resulting tangle of deceit, sex and intrigue climaxes in explosive action, set against a backdrop of unending rain.
One liner: “That summer, it rained every day. And it was easy enough to dig graves for those who made mistakes.”
During a military reserve training exercise, Jussi Vares (Juha Veijonen) is taken 'prisoner' by beautiful female sergeant, Eeva Sunila (Laura Malmivaara). At the party held to mark the end of the exercise Vares finds himself strongly attracted by his 'captor', but what seems to be promising situation proves a let down: Eeva, who is a teacher in civilian life, tells him that she is about to get married. And Vares is not permitted to pat her down...
After a fast-paced series of incidents, Eeva makes headlines all over the country while the chase takes Vares across southern Finland, and through endless drenching rain.
The millions, skimmed from Russian Mafia operations, have a lot of takers. And human life is not worth much in comparison.
Eeva Sunila discovers that she´s the fall guy in a game whose main players include her new husband Antero Kraft (Jorma Tommila), traitorous man-eater Ifigenia Multanen (Minna Turunen), ruthless business-shark Karl E. Miesmann (Jari Halonen), crooked cop Mikko Koitere (Samuli Edelmann) and professional hitmen Jari “Red-Eye” Munck (Pekka Valkeejärvi) and Tetsuo Sinkkonen (Kari Hietalahti).
Betrayal, lust and cruelty spiral into an inevitably violent conclusion as the game plays itself out in the relentless rain.
When his back is against the wall, Vares is a man of action, driven by a strange sense of chivalry. This weighs more in the scales than his own life.
The toughest movie thriller ever made in Finland brings Reijo Mäki´s down-to-earth hero to the screen – a man with a liking for liquor and an eye for a beautiful woman.
In the merciless duel which follows the rain washes away the blood – and death is never far.
Director ALEKSI MÄKELÄ
Producer MARKUS SELIN
Screenwriter PEKKA LEHTOSAARI
based on the novel Keltainen Leski by Reijo Mäki
Director of photography PINI HELLSTEDT F.S.C.
Production designer SATTVA-HANNA TOIVIAINEN
Editor KIMMO TAAVILA
Sound designer JYRKI RAHKONEN
Music KALLE CHYDENIUS
Costume designer NINA LINDHOLM
Production company Solar Films Inc Oy
with the support of The
Finnish Film Foundation
And MTV3 channel
Distribution company Buena Vista International Finland
Principal photography 9.9. – 25.10.2003
Premiere date 23.7.2004
Production budget approx. 1,800,000 €
Support by Foundation 350,000
Soundtrack Poko-cd 291
(publishing date 9.7.2004)
35 mm / color/ 2.35:1 / dolby digital / 95 min.
Jussi Vares JUHA VEIJONEN
Eeva Sunila LAURA MALMIVAARA
Karl E. Miesmann JARI HALONEN
Luusalmi MARKKU PELTOLA
Antero Kraft JORMA TOMMILA
Igigenia Multanen MINNA TURUNEN
Mikko Koitere SAMULI EDELMANN Jari “Red-Eye” Munck PEKKA VALKEEJÄRVI
Tetsuo Sinkkonen KARI HIETALAHTI
Jarmo JASPER PÄÄKKÖNEN
Touko Reiman SANTERI KINNUNEN
Liisa, Eeva´s friend HELI SUTELA
Gennadi Antipov GEORGES COPELOUSSIS
Sergei MIHAIL JEGORENKOV
Juri VIKTOR DREVITSKI
Priest JOUKO KLEMETTILÄ
Lehtosuo, prison guard PEKKA HUOTARI
Uusniitty, prison guard TOMMI KORPELA
tall guy JUSSI LAMPI
tall guy´s mate NIKO RAJALA
prisoners in the shower TERO JARTTI, PETRI MANNINEN
Viljanen, porno vendor SULEVI PELTOLA
Bo Bergström, commissioner SVANTE MARTIN
Eira Heino, Jarmo´s mother TUULA NYMAN
Isabella TARJA SAIKKONEN
Werneri Ahokas OIVA LOHTANDER
Pirre, Koitere´s wife PAULIINA HUKKANEN
Jaakko, Koitere´s son TOPIAS TANSKA