The Grump - In Search of an Escort

Mielensäpahoittaja Eskorttia etsimässä / The Grump - In Search of an Escort / The Grump – Auf der Suche nach dem Escort

Filmforum, Finland / Germany 2022, 108 Min., finn., germ., engl. OV, germ. st

Grump lives alone on his farm in Finland. Grumbling is his main occupation. Then, after a car accident, his sons Hessu and Pekka decide to scrap his beloved 1972 red Ford Escort. Grump is outraged and finds the same model for sale in Germany. He travels to Hamburg, where he is unexpectedly reunited with his brother, Tarmo, who had left the farm without a word of explanation decades ago. The estranged brothers become reluctant partners on a road trip that takes an unexpected turn, bringing the family back together again. The figure of Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja in Finnish) was first developed by Tuomas Kyrö for audio plays and later a book series. Mika Kaurismäki’s third movie about the cantankerous old man is set mainly in Germany.

Director Mika Kaurismäki

Screenplay Daniela Hakulinen, Tuomas Kyrö nach dem Roman von Tuomas Kyrö

Producer Hanna Virolainen, Jukka Helle, Markus Selin, Raoul Reinert

Production Company

Solar Films Oy, Veneentekijäntie 2, 00210 Helsinki, Web:

World Sales

The Yellow Affair, Korkeavuorenkatu 25 A1, 00130 Helsinki, Web:

Distributor Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH, Hintere Grabenstr. 20, 72070 Tübingen, Mail:, Web:

Cast Heikki Kinnunen (Grump), Kari Väänänen (Tarmo), Rosalie Thomass (Maria), Iikka Forss (Hessu), Ville Tiihonen (Pekka), Mari Hynynen (Liisa), Tiina Lymi (Katri), Silu Seppälä (Kolehmainen), Samu Haber (Otto)

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