Vodka, Mr. Palmu (1969)

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A TV reporter is murdered when he is eavesdropping on a secret Finnish-Soviet conference. The National Broadcasting Corporation enlists the help of police lieutenant Palmu, who comes out of... See full summary »


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8 December 2003 | PekkaTurunen
| Goodbye, Komisario Palmu
This is the last one of the brilliant Komisario Palmu series (recently released on DVD, except the first movie Komisario Palmun Erehdys). Many years had passed since the creation of the previous Palmu movie and this last one was filmed in color. Some other things had changed too: Palmu had retired from the office, found himself a wife and moved to the countryside. He gets involved in the story when the employer of the murdered reporter asks him to investigate the case for them.

Unlike the previous films Vodkaa, Komisario Palmu isn't based on a novel by Mika Waltari, instead it is written by the director Matti Kassila himself. The common opinion of the public (and the director as well) seems to be that this is easily the worst Komisario Palmu movie, but I disagree about that. It's just different, it's not bad. Theme of the movie is much more political and open that in the other films, but it keeps the viewer interested very well.

The last Komisario Palmu continues the tradition of great acting. Palmu (Joel Rinne), Kokki (Leo Jokela) and Virta (Matti Ranin) are as great as in the previous ones, and especially Leo Jokela does again an awesome job as Kokki. Also note the breathtakingly beautiful Inga Sulin as Tamara.

In my opinion this is a good ending to the best Finnish film series ever. I think I'll have to buy those DVD:s... 8/10

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