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The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja)2014

The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja) (2014)




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Director Dome Karukowski takes the helm for this poignant and comical adaptation of Tuomas Kyro's popular novel about an 80-year-old Finnish farmer who reluctantly goes to live with his youngest son and his uptight, career-oriented wife following a debilitating domestic accident. A proud man who takes deep pride in his ability to remain self-sufficient, the aging farmer (Antti Litja) lives in the countryside alone after his wife is hospitalized. His days are spent tilling the fields until an accident leaves in need of medical assistance. As the son travels back to the farm to gather up some belongings, the old man arrives in Helsinki, where his Type-A daughter-in-law obviously resents his presence. And the feeling is mutual, too; both the farmer and his son's wife are completely set in their ways, and any deviation from their daily routine is unwelcomed at best. From the moment the aging curmudgeon arrives in the city, it's apparent he's out of his element. Meanwhile his constant meddling not only threatens to derail an important business deal being brokered by his daughter-in-law, but begins to put a serious strain on his son's marriage as well. Later, it becomes increasingly obvious that the ornery octogenarian harbors some painful secrets made all-the-more problematic by his stubborn refusal to address them.


Critic Reviews for The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This comic romp boasts the sort of humor that can be appreciated by anyone who thinks the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

September 12, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's honest, funny, and heartbreaking, and I can't wait to see it again.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

A brilliant comedy that comes out of a terrible situation. [Full review in Spanish]

September 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Litja and Perankoski are especially funny in the early stages as their mutual frustration with one another comes to a slow boil.

April 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although this solid and entertaining domestic comedy takes a while to move beyond predictable generational clashes, the story develops more dynamically after Dad's Achilles' heel is revealed.

February 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Because we can believe in the Grump, it's possible to be patient with the clumsier aspects of the comedy and enjoy the parts that are delivered well.

February 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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