Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Directed by Anders Engström
Starring Antti Reini, Outi Mäenpää, Ville Virtanen, Anu Sinisalo, Jasper Pääkkönen, Eppu Salminen, Ilkka Heiskanen, Mikko Leppilampi, Mikko Nousiainen, Maria Järvenhelmi, Iina Kuustonen, Svante Martin
Based on the book series by Reijo Mäki, these films (this being the third in the series with five (!) more to come) tell of the investigations by private detective Jussi Vares (Reini). This time he's called in to investigate a cold case of a murdered girl. What makes this film a special one is that it's the first in the series made by a completely new production team and new main cast. Previously played by Juha Veijonen, Vares is now a more serious man in the hands of Reini who (I'm sorry all you Veijonen purists out there) is a better actor than his predecessor. But it would be unfair to pin this film's success solely on Reini because crucially also Aleksi Mäkelä who directed the first two films has now stepped aside and the film is much more mature and serious in tone compared to the machismo bromance films Mäkelä is known for. Pahan Suudelma (internationally The Kiss Of Evil) was filmed back to back with some of the following installments and the local critics gave it hell for having the feel of a rushed product but I didn't get that feeling at all. Personally I prefer this film over the two previous pictures and am more eager to see the next ones thanks to Pahan Suudelma. A little tit bit (literally) for all you foreingers.. Katariina Souri who co-wrote this film and at least one of the upcoming sequels is actually Kata Kärkkäinen (or Karkkainen) and if you wanna see what Finnish screenwrites look(ed) like, just type "Kata Karkkainen playboy" in your seach engine and you'll find out. Happily so I might imagine.
Vares - Pahan Suudelma at IMDb
Vares - The Kiss Of Evil at Solar Films home page