FF 2015: “Lovemilla:” a quirky love story


From Finnish director Teemu Nikki, “Lovemilla” is an unconventional love story full of funky quirks that form a special little universe for our characters to live in. Based on the popular TV teen dramedy, the film centers on a young couple as they begin to face hardships in their relationship.

Review by ChinLin Pan

Photos courtesy of It’s Alive Films

Milla and Aimo (played by Milka Suonpää and Joel Hirvonen) desperately want to get an apartment. Living at Milla’s parents’ house is a tad … annoying, given that her parents are alcoholics and whenever they drink they pretty much become zombies. 

But, that’s the least of their worries. Milla’s friend Siiri (Pauliina Suominen) persistently tries to set her up with a handsome fellow named Esa (Pelle Heikkilä), meanwhile Aimo struggles with his extensive insecurities. Tired of lifting weights, Aimo decides to take a shortcut and purchases Exo Arms Mark 106’s, which are wearable machine parts that give him super strength and make him somewhat resemble Iron Man. However, Aimo’s plan to impress Milla with his Exo Arms backfires. Can this couple survive the hardships to come? 

The story of Milla and Aimo is very intimate, so you’d think their everyday lives would come off as mundane, but it has the opposite effect. With the support of friends like homosexual-turned-heterosexual Ämpäri (Teemu Nieminen), super-heroine Gitta (Miina Penttinen) and the trio of investigators after a norovirus infector, the couple’s life expands into an amazing story.

The charm of this Finnish film comes from the sci-fi, hyperbolic world these characters live in. We see a world where aliens come to Earth and randomly attack, people just break into song while moving into an apartment, people own pet pandas, people wear costumes as everyday clothes, and people perform exorcisms on Satanic babies. 

The plot is very fast-paced and the acting is on point. If you’re looking for something new and different to watch and you don’t mind reading subtitles, “Lovemilla” is definitely a film worth checking out.

“Lovemilla” screenings:

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theatre

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 28 at 11:45 a.m.

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