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      The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

      Released Apr 21, 2017 1h 32m Drama List
      98% Tomatometer 57 Reviews 75% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Olli Mäki loses a fight for the world championship in the second round by knockout in front of a packed stadium. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki sidesteps sports biopic clichés with a beautifully filmed, well-acted look at the balance between career fulfillment and personal happiness.

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      Scott Marks San Diego Reader J.P. Passi's hand-held black-and-white cinematography cries out for big-screen viewing. Rated: 4/5 Jun 2, 2017 Full Review Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle This is a very small film, with a big heart. Rated: 3/4 May 10, 2017 Full Review Simran Hans Observer (UK) A warm, welcome sideways look at the Finnish featherweight boxing champion Olli Mki. Rated: 4/5 Apr 23, 2017 Full Review Dan Scully Cinema76 There's just something cozy and delightful about the whole thing that has left me glowing in the time since I watched it. Mar 25, 2020 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture An appealing and harmless film that slyly subverts a genre long known for its unshakable touchstones. Rated: 3/5 Dec 7, 2019 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki succeeds as a unique endeavor because Kuosmanen elides formula. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      david l The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki wears its influences proudly on its sleeves. Its artistic black-and-white cinematography and the naturalistic, sensual approach to storytelling evoke sixties cinema, especially the French New Wave. With such an influence came also the baggage of sparse dialogue, typical biographical conventions and weaker characterization. The romance, though, works entirely and that ending is immensely beautiful. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 8/10 The best we can say about this movie is that Juho Kuosmanen had complete control of the story from beginning to end. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mali trlls the true story of the fight for the Lightweight Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Cute and fun movie with an atypical resolution. Really enjoyable! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Una maravilla de direcciòn en blanco y negro, una pelìcula sobre el box sin caer en lugares ccomunes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A winningly perceptive Finnish biopic that also excels as a whimsical existential dramedy. Anchored by Scandinavian dour humour and beatific vignettes, it examines if happiness is really about personal gains or emotional fulfilment. Deserves to be seen by a wider audience, rather than be predictably relegated to the niche "B&W" or "Foreign film" shelves. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I like it. Small, simple, touching. A love story rather than a boxing movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Olli Mäki loses a fight for the world championship in the second round by knockout in front of a packed stadium.
      Director
      Juho Kuosmanen
      Producer
      Jussi Rantamäki
      Screenwriter
      Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti
      Distributor
      MUBI
      Production Co
      One Two Films, Tre Vänner Produktion AB
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Finnish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 21, 2017, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 8, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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