The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
  • 2016
  • Finland/Sweden/Germany
  • 1h 32min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
  • Written by: Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti
  • Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, John Bosco Jr
  • Language: Finnish/English
  • UK release: 21 April 2017

Exquisitely crafted, charming and true story about the 1962 world featherweight boxing match between Finnish challenger Olli Mäki (Lahti) and title holder Davey Moore (Bosco Jr). Mäki is the anti-Rocky: disliking the spotlight and the expectations, he just wants to be with his girlfriend Raija (Airola). It’s low on sweat-speckled montages and high on romance.

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

17 Apr 20173 stars

Modest but exquisitely crafted Finnish boxing biopic, which prizes romance above all else

Director Juho Kuosmanen has described his exquisitely crafted debut feature as the 'anti-Rocky'. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki may focus on a 1962 world championship bout between the eponymous Finnish boxer and American featherweight title…

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