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Heart Of A Lion

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Teppo meets and falls in love with the beautiful blonde Sari. But this is to be no ordinary love affair. Teppo is a central figure in a neo-Nazi group and when he meets Sari’s son, he is in for a big surprise. Sari’s son is called Rhamadhani and he is black. Naturally for Teppo this is a huge dilema. On the one hand he has this passionate love affair with a wonderful woman, and a chance to fulfil dreams of parenting and family, and on the other a long held belief based on discrimination, ignorance and hatred. When Sari gets pregnant Teppo decides to do his best to make peace with Rhamadhani. With his brother and his old Nazi group threatening over his shoulder, he is forced to make a stand. It's a simple choice between love or hate.

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Starring

Peter Franzén, Yusufa Sidibeh, Laura Birn, Jasper Pääkkönen, Pamela Tola

Directed by

Dome Karukoski

Written by

Aleksi Bardy

Country Of Origin

Finland

Language

Finnish

LA Times

"'Heart of a Lion' is clever in the way it casts the idea of 'the Fatherland' against that of 'fatherhood', with Franzen excellent as the man in the middle."

Indiewire

"...a fine, energetic performance by Franzén, who oscillates in a heartbeat from slapstick comic to brute, and the young Yusufa Sidibeh, perfect as a boy whose experience has taught him to be far too suspicious for his age. At the heart of it all is Karukoski's conviction that it's our connections with others that make us what we are — for better or worse."

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