Heart of a Lion (2013)

  |  Drama, Romance

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Neo-Nazi falls in love with a woman who has a black son and finds himself fighting with conflicting feelings.


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10 December 2016 | losindiscretoscine
| Can love save us from an extremist ideology?
Can love save us from an extremist ideology? That's the question addressed by "Heart of A Lion", four times nominated to the Jussi Awards (the Finnish equivalent of the BAFTA) in 2014. In addition to the actors' amazing performances (Peter Franzén is superb), the movie sensitively shows the trouble in having a normal life when we want to be an active representative to an ideology like nazism. Despite some tough moments and Dome Karukoski's accuracy to show how this extremely violent environment is, there is room for light in this Finnish movie. Little by little, Teppo finds his humanity and humbly realizes the limits of far-right ideologies that are indeed quite popular in Northern countries. Even though Finland is going to celebrate the first century of its independence, immigration is still rare and attachment to the roots and the national history are essential. Although the director says that "Heart of a Lion" could have been set anywhere, the story is the more legitimate and realist in Finland. This film sends us a beautiful moral: complicity, wiseness and reason can win against ignorance, exclusion and violence that, as shown by the movie, are synonyms of decay and degeneration instead of progress and growth. Full review on our blog Los Indiscretos : https://losindiscretos.org

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Release Date:

18 October 2013



Country of Origin

Finland, Sweden

Filming Locations

Kotka, Finland

Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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