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Girl Picture

Country: Finland, Language: Finnish, 101 mins

Original Title

Tytöt tytöt tytöt
  • Director: Alli Haapasalo
  • Writer: Ilona Ahti, Daniela Hakulinen
  • Producer: Inka Hietala, Leila Lyytikäinen, Elina Pohjola

CGiii Comment

Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö work after school at a foodcourt smoothie kiosk, frankly swapping stories of their frustrations and expectations regarding love and sex. Volatile misfit Mimmi, unexpectedly swept up in the thrill of a new romance with Emma (a driven skater training for the European championships), struggles to adjust to the trust and compromise required by a lasting relationship. Meanwhile, the offbeat, indefatigable Rönkkö hits the teen party scene, stumbling through a series of awkward encounters with members of the opposite sex while hoping to find her own version of satisfaction.

Girl Picture manifests its uninhibited characters’ youthful energy and smartly centers the chemistry between its three terrific leads. Within the film’s tender, funny exploration of the fears and confusions of discovering one’s identity and sexuality, a refreshingly positive portrait of the power of female friendship emerges. Writers Daniela Hakulinen and Ilona Ahti consistently present the film’s teen protagonists as complex individuals, while director Alli Haapasalo, rather than aestheticizing the girls’ femininity, vibrantly depicts their trials and tribulations through their own eyes.


Cast & Characters

Oona Airola (as Sanna)
Mikko Kauppila (as Jarmo)
Aamu Milonoff (as Mimmi)
Elias Westerberg (as Allu)
Jantsu Puumalainen (as PE teacher)
Amos Brotherus (as Sipi)
Linnea Leino (as Emma)
Pietu Wikström (as Samuli)
Oksana Lommi (as Frida)
Cécile Orblin (as Karoliina)
Fathi Ahmed (as Otto)
Yasmin Najjar (as Sonja)
Henrikki Haavisto (as Vesa)
Eleonoora Kauhanen (as Rönkkö)
Pablo Ounaskari (as Roope)
Bruno Baer (as Kalle)
Sonya Lindfors (as Tarja)
Priya Koskela (as Girl at party)
Nicky Laaguid (as Henkka)
Lauri Nousiainen
Maron Lahdenperä (as Waiter)
Tuuli Heinonen (as Poliisi)
Rebekka Kuukka (as Saana)
Robin Touray (as Bartender)
Yassin Ei Sayed (as Lionel)