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

  • Nov 17, 2020

    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.

    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.