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The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen

OT: Juice

Teppo Airaksinen // Finland, 2018
Fiction Feature // FF2019



The Finnish Dylan! A melancholy, yet at the same time fast and funny biopic tells of the rise and fall Juice Leskinen, an icon of Finnish pop music, who lost sight of life. Legend and loser – whatever Juice Leskinen did, it was always extreme. The singer and writer, who died in 2006 in his mid-50s, created modern classics that even today every Finn knows off by heart. Offstage, however, he was an antihero, a big-mouthed chain smoker, gradually losing the battle against alcoholism. Leskinen’s greatest motivation was love, with art a distant second. This is the story of a very sensitive man who hurt many people, including himself.


TEPPO AIRAKSINEN (*1982) studied film at the Aalto Universiti for Art and Design in Helsinki. The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen is his third feature film and was a big hit in Finland.




Fiction Feature





103 min

OV with English subtitles

Teppo Airaksinen

Antti Heikki Pesonen

Riku Nieminen, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Antti Tuomas Heikkinen, Pekka Strang, Annaleena Sipilä, Ilkka Heiskanen, Ola Tuominen, Silmu Ståhlberg

Marko Talli

Aarne Tapola

Jussi Rautaniemi

Anssi Tikanmäki

Pete Neuvonen

Yellow Film & TV

Jenni Domingo, The Finnish Film Foundation: jenni.domingo@ses.fi

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