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Popular Music (2004)

Populärmusik från Vittula (original title)
Two boys grow up together in the town of Pajala during the 1960s. United by rock'n'roll music.

Director:

Reza Bagher

Writers:

Reza Bagher (screenplay), Erik Norberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Enderfors Max Enderfors ... Matti 15 år / yo
Andreas af Enehielm Andreas af Enehielm ... Niila 15 år / yo
Niklas Ulfvarson Niklas Ulfvarson ... Matti 7 år / yo
Tommy Vallikari Tommy Vallikari ... Niila 7 år / yo
Björn Kjellman ... Greger
Göran Forsmark ... Birger
Jarmo Mäkinen ... Isak / Niila's father
Sten Ljunggren ... Farfar
Gustav Wiklund Gustav Wiklund ... Ryssi-Jussi
Kati Outinen ... Päivi / Niila's mother
Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala ... Farmor / Grandmother
Carina M. Johansson Carina M. Johansson ... Solveig
Carla Abrahamsen Carla Abrahamsen ... Maggan
Ville Kivelä Ville Kivelä ... Erkki
Filip Pachucki Filip Pachucki ... Holgeri (as Filip Pachuchi)
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Storyline

Matti and his friend Niila, who is an unusually quiet boy feeling bad because his father is abusing him grow up in Pajala in the 60's. They share the interest in music since the day Niila got a vinyl single with the song "Rock and Roll Music" and they played it on Matti's sister's gramophone. It's the same day they also share another thing that matters to history: a kiss. Although they are just "innocent" prepubertal children, the narrator does not let us forget that part. Fast-forwarding to high school and Matti has begun to be interested in girls and women and browsing frantically in porn magazines as soon as he gets hold of one. But Niila does not seem at all interested in girls, he is only interested in guitar playing and to escape from the small-town mistress à la Fucking Åmål. Written by lament

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Sweden | Finland

Language:

Swedish | Finnish | Esperanto

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Musique rock de Vittula See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalix, Norrbottens län, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,224,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,349,501
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Niklas Grönberg cut out of the final version , according to himself due to his habit of "taking over the directing", and thus complicating the shoot. See more »

Goofs

A local store display the front page of the daily newspaper "Nya Norrland" who was sold in Sollefteå and the surrounding area, 700 kilometers from Tornedalen. See more »

Soundtracks

Härlig är jorden
Lyrics by B.S. Ingemann (Danish text 1850 - "Dejlig er Jorden") and
Cecilia Bååth-Holmberg (Swedish text 1884)
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Read the book first!
24 January 2006 | by kallepisterSee all my reviews

"Populärmusik från Vittula" is a lovingly made and beautifully staged movie, brimful with really exciting, amusing, disturbing, and most of all NEW and interesting faces, folks and scenes.

Well worth seeing, but i strongly recommend to read the book before watching the film, because the book's author Mikael Niemi puts major emphasis on loving observation - his unique strength - and all time-line-bound events are connected and interwoven by the narrators's humorous, skillful reflections. While the entire novel lives on this unique subjective density, the screenplay fails to regenerate this surreal yet all-too-real atmosphere, and spawns a scrumptious roundabout of kaleidoscopic, more or less detached incidents. Partially, it even felt like someone's trying to affirm or authenticate the author's contemplations. A somewhat oblique effort, fit to entertain but also irritate the unprepared beholder.

Compared to what is called mainstream these days, "Populärmusik från Vittula" is a step in the proper direction. OK, it rides the book's wave of success, but the heck, it was simply about time for a movie like that!


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