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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017)

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli is falling in love. Inside the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention. Captured entirely in 16mm black and white film, this widely-celebrated feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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J.P. Passi's hand-held black-and-white cinematography cries out for big-screen viewing.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a very small film, with a big heart.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

How endearing to encounter a sports movie, if it can even be called that, that prints the man instead of his legend.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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A lesson for our time? I can only hope.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For the most part, that willingness to scale down and not go for the big, dramatic knockout ends up being refreshing. But it also occasionally results in a lack of dramatic urgency.

April 20, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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