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Pearls and Pigs (2003)

Helmiä ja sikoja (original title)
When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by ... See full summary »


Perttu Leppä


Perttu Leppä
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Leppilampi ... Läde
Laura Birn ... Laura
Amanda Pilke Amanda Pilke ... Saara Mäkinen
Unto Helo Unto Helo ... Timo
Timo Lavikainen ... Ruho
Jimi Pääkallo Jimi Pääkallo ... Poju
Pekka Valkeejärvi Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Erkki 'Ukko' Valtteri Hirvonen
Outi Mäenpää ... Saara's Mom
Antti Reini ... Laura's Boyfriend
Antti Virmavirta Antti Virmavirta ... Sika
Tomi Salmela ... Limppu
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Lehikoinen
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Mom's Boyfriend
Risto Salmi Risto Salmi ... Liquor Store Vendor
Marko Tiusanen Marko Tiusanen ... Bailiff
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When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by her prostitute mother. A karaoke set helps reveal that the little girl is quite a singer, just as a talent contest for children is coming up on national television offering more than enough money to the winner. If only the kid weren't so hopelessly shy... Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Naurat tai itket ja naurat!




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Finnish lyrics by Anu Jaantila
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Definitely funnier than "Pitkä kuuma kesä"
19 October 2003 | by VoiLeviSee all my reviews

I liked Leppä's previous film "Pitkä kuuma kesä" but didn't find it as great as most young Finns seem to. So I didn't expect very much of this. Maybe that's why I was almost blown away and really laughed a lot during this flick.

The characters are quite rough stereotypes but the actors do a great (or at least decent) job portraying them thus making them painfully disgusting or funny. Especially Amanda Pilke's performance as young Saara really hits the spot. What disturbs a bit is that sometimes people start laughing in the middle of their lines. I really believe that is intentional and not just poor acting. However, it sometimes makes you feel as if the actors are making up their lines as they speak and thus have a hard time showing a serious face. This disturbs especially with Unto Helo, whose acting in "Pitkä kuuma kesä" wasn't really my favorite performance either.

I think the funny bits are mostly in the dialogue, so non-Finns might not find this nearly as funny as I did. I also guess you get the most of this if you're under thirty years old (at least mentally :) ) because most of the

action involves young guys messing around and boozing. Still, there's also a plot so this is not just a Jackass episode.

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Release Date:

29 August 2003 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pearls and Pigs See more »

Filming Locations:

Rantakylä, Joensuu, Finland See more »


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EUR1,300,000 (estimated)

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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