The Grump’s everyday life in the deepest of Finland rolls forward according to old routines. He’s busy working on his farm, but memories of his big brother Tarmo are bothering him. Tarmo moved to Germany decades ago, and the brothers haven’t been in touch, even though they were best friends when they were children.
One day the Grump crashes his beloved Escort, and the car is taken to the junkyard. But the Grump is particular when it comes to cars; any old car won’t do. The nearest 1972 Escort is found in Germany. The Grump withdraws a suitcase full of money at the local bank and heads to Germany.
DIRECTOR: Mika Kaurismäki SCRIPT: Daniela Hakulinen, Tuomas Kyrö CAST: Heikki Kinnunen, Kari Väänänen, Silu Seppälä, Ilkka Forss, Mari Perankoski, Ville Tiihonen, Tiina Lymi CO-PRODUCER: Raoul Reinert / Aspekt Telefilm (Germany) PRODUCERS: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin, Hanna Virolainen PRODUCTION COMPANY: Solar Films SALES: The Yellow Affair
Mika Kaurismäki had an overnight sensation with his first film Liar (1980). It marked the beginning of a new era in Finnish cinema, in which the Kaurismäki brothers led the way. Since then, Mika Kaurismäki has made a host of feature films and documentaries, including The Worthless, Rosso, Helsinki Napoli, LA Without a Map, Mama Africa, Brasileirinho, Road North and Girl King.