One Last Deal
2018, Klaus Härö, Finland, 95 min.
With Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka
- Fri, Mar 13th 2:00pm
- Thu, Mar 19th 6:00pm
"Redemptive, moving, and stunningly shot."—Christopher Machell, CineVue
"A lovely-looking film...elegantly directed and beautifully written."—Jake Watt, Switch
Klaus Härö (THE FENCER, MOTHER OF MINE), four of whose previous films have appeared in the CEUFF, is a director with a gift for strong emotional hooks and richly rendered milieus. Here that milieu is the world of art dealers, with its auction houses, cluttered shops, and the eternal lure of a buried discovery. Olavi (Nousiainen)—widowed, about to retire, estranged from his daughter (Lonka)—yearns for a spectacular coup to close out his otherwise narrow life. That chance arrives in the form of a tucked-away painting—unsigned, possibly of a monk, tantalizingly evocative of the Russian master Ilya Repin. Staking everything he has on one final gamble, Olavi sets out to prove the provenance of his find and wrest it from the grasp of more powerful, unscrupulous rivals. Beautifully crafted in burnished golds and browns, its musty interiors punctuated by the glitter of snaking Helsinki streetcars, ONE LAST DEAL (the original Finnish title translates as AN UNKNOWN MASTER) is an art-history detective story, an absorbing indoctrination into the tricks of Olavi's trade, and a moving quest for redemption. In Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of LevelK. (MR)