Lapland Odyssey 2 / Napapiirin sankarit 2

All men know this truth: just buy what she wants without asking why she wants it. But Janne broke this rule and could not even imagine how far the consequences will lead him. After getting over various obstacles, from not having enough money for purchasing the digibox to meeting an aggressive Sweden women’s water polo team and ‘wild’ Russian tourists, Janne gets the digibox and comes back to Inari proving that he can become a good father and she can rely on him. And then Lumi was born…

As Leo Tolstoy wrote, “happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The second part of Lapland Odyssey starts three years later. We can see Janne and Inari going through a tough time of their parenthood and their marriage. The problems they are experiencing are universal; there are hundreds, if not thousands, movies about parents facing numerous difficulties when rising their kids. However, the story that happens after Janne and Inari’s daughter Lumi runs away from her father is something unique.

What does it mean to be a real man in a Finnish countryside? Going to a party without getting your wife’s permission first! Janne is torn apart between his fellow Kämäräinen who thinks he is not a real man because he cannot come to the party and Inari who wants to go out with her friend and leave Lumi for Janne to look after her. And in this struggle he chooses Kämäräinen’s side. From here Janne, his friend Räihänen and Lumi’s adventure starts. Meanwhile Inari and Räihänen’s wife Marjukka have an adventure of their own.

Even though the problems raised in the film are worldwide, the film itself is quite Scandinavian. For example, those ten snus boxes that Janne has to get in Sweden because it is easier to get it there. Or when Lumi gets lost in Sweden, and Janne realises this fact only after he entered Finland, so he crosses the bridge to come back – there is even no line indicating the border between the two countries. Or Kämäräinen sitting with a bucket of mushrooms. Finally, endless forest and reindeers – what can be more Scandinavian than this scenery? And, of course, famous Scandinavian black humour.

Lapland Odyssey 2 might be not as insane as the first part, but in some sense, it is deeper. The main characters grew up and went through a lot under those three years passed between the two stories. Parenthood is a more serious level than a marriage, and the problems characters face are more serious as well. But something they realise at the end of this story is that the mistakes they make at this level lead to much more serious consequences. Searching for your child you have lost cannot be compared to searching for a digibox you failed to buy. Nevertheless, Janne and Räihänen will do everything to find Lumi, and you can be sure that there will be a happy end for everyone who deserves it.

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Lina Gordyshevskaya

I was born in Russia, Saint-Petersburg. Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with the degree of Master of Arts in Scandinavian Studies. The topic of my dissertation was ‘The Development of the Medieval Ballad in Sweden’. My interests lie within the literary art of the Viking Age, medieval ballads, history of the Swedish language and Scandinavian cinema.