Minš Ja Morrison

aka Levottomat 2

 (2001)

by Tuna

Mina Ja Morrison or Me and Morrison, is the second in the Levottomat trilogy. The goal of the trilogy was to get three different views of youth and lust in contemporary Finland. The first dealt with upwardly mobile 20-somethings. For this second one, we are at the fringes of society with marginalized characters. Note that we have a new director, and no returning characters, so it is not truly a sequel. We do have a returning actress, however. Irina Bjorklund plays a young woman with an attitude and a drinking problem. She lives with a fashion model who is tiring of Irina's games, and her inability to hold a job and pay her share of the rent. Things change when she meets Samuli Edelmann at a club, and ends up waking up in his bed.

First big surprise is finding that he has a son the next morning. He tells her a long story about dead parents, a wife who died of heroin overdose, and about how he is going to move to Belize, and wants to take her. He seems to be the same sort of party animal she is, and it looks like she might find redemption in his arms. She forces herself along on a trip with he and his son, where we learn that he is a heroin addict deeply in debt to some dealers, and is being forced to smuggle to pay off his debt. He has a plan to double cross them and leave the country with the profits. The film title comes from his devotion to Jim Morrison.

I am not fond of "drugs suck" films in general, and this had all the problems inherent to the genre. The story is too dark, and all of the fun is gone for the second and third acts, followed by the usual appropriately unhappy ending. Having noted that, one must add that it hits the right notes for the genre, and had a talented principal cast developing fully realized characters. Irina Bjorklund proved yet again that she is an excellent actress, and won the Best Actress Jussi. Samuli Edelmann also gave a good performance, and Roope Karisto was great as his son. Eva Rose was the lone disappointment, playing a one-dimensional airhead.

Our Grade:

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:

C

This is a competent "contemporary drama."

NUDITY REPORT

  • Eva Rose briefly shows her buns.
  • Irina Bjorkland does full frontal and rear nudity in clear light, which may be the film's greatest plus.
  • On the male side, Samuli Edelmann also goes full frontal.

 

 

 

 

THE CRITICS AND ACADEMIES

It was nominated for Best Film and Best Editing in the Jussi (Finnish Academy) Awards

   
   
   
   
   

THE BOX OFFICE

No North American release. It grossed about $2 million in Finland.

 

 

 

THE PEOPLE

   
4.9 IMDB summary (of 10)
   

Levottomat 2 (Me and) Minš ja Morrison DVD Widescreen (2001)

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