by Tuna

Levottomat is a Finnish romance/drama which became popular enough to spawn sequels. It is nearly hardcore in its sex scenes, but has great depth of character development among all six major characters.

Mikko Nousiainen is an emergency doctor. In many countries, these emergency doctors are mobile, making paramedics unnecessary. He meets long blonde Laura Malmivaara at the beach, and cautions her that he doesn't do relationships, because he has no feelings. It is true -- he is an emotional void, but he is an enthusiastic lover, and she naturally falls for him based on their first meeting and bedding. She at least has the good sense to get his cell number, and keeps calling him. After a very unpleasant tryst with an older woman in a bar, he decides that seeing her again would not be that bad an idea, and they become an item, but she is constantly bothered by his inability to commit.

She introduces him to two couples -- her best friends -- and they accept him. The group has obviously been together a very long time, and have a common vocabulary, history, and traditions, which include a game called "I never," where one of them completes the phrase "I never (fill in the blank)." If they are the only one of the group that has never done that, they score a point. It is as good a plot device for exposition as I have seen. When one of the women, Matleena Kuusniemi, who is due to be married, agrees with Mikko that she also has never been in love during a Midsummer Night party, the stage is set for them to have an affair, which nearly destroys the entire circle of friends when they are caught. Meanwhile, Laura discovers she is pregnant, and still wants a permanent relationship with Mikko.

The third woman, played by Irina Bjorklund, who is a priest, hits on him as well, as was bound to happen. Being an equal opportunity philanderer, he does the nasty with her, then she rebukes him. Matleena and her intended patch things up, Irina will perform the ceremony, and Mikko and Laura will be witnesses. After the wedding, Irina drops a bombshell during "I never," by saying "I never had an orgasm having sex with another person."

I will leave it up to you to discover how it all plays out and who finds redemption.

I was amazed to discover that this was a student film project by director Aku Louhimies, writer Aleksi Bardy and Editor Heikkila. Budding film makers should see this freshman effort and take careful notes on how to create a good film economically.

  • First, they stuck to something they knew: contemporary Finnish relationships between young adults.
  • Second, they used a small cast.
  • Third, they confined themselves to a few locations, all practical.

The result was outstanding. I don't think I have ever wanted so badly to score a soft core film higher than a C+, but our rating system doesn't permit it. It is sad but true that people who are opposed to graphic nudity in film would not like this one either. For the rest of you, I strongly recommend it. The bodies are lovely, the acting is top notch, and the sex scenes have heat. Best of all, the character development is superb, making us care about all of the characters. If you would like a shorter version of Friends with young people who actually get naked and have sex, this is your film.


  • Male: Mikko Nousiainen, the full monty.
  • Female: Laura Malmivaara, Matleena Kuusniemi and Irina Bjorklund all show everything.
  • There is also frontal nudity from several unknowns, male and female


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It was a completely non-commercial movie in the English-speaking world. It grossed. $16,000 in the United States in five theaters, averaging about $60 per screening.



6.0 IMDB summary (of 10)



If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Top of the line in contemporary erotica. A real film which just happens to have medium-core sex scenes.

Levottomat 1 DVD aka Restless Widescreen (2000)

It is only available in the USA from RLDVDs.com on an All Region PAL. This disk also contains over 13 minutes of deleted scenes, including extended versions of two of the sex scenes.  It is in Finnish with optional subtitles which are well done. Click on the image to the left for details.

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