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They Have Escaped 2014

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A boy and girl meet at a custody center for problematic youth. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civil service. The girl is one of the youths in custody, and she is constantly in trouble, a fire inside her, a lust for life that can't be quashed or controlled. The boy becomes infatuated with her. He is a quiet one - a stutterer. But there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment - the shackles of a hostile, uncompromising environment around them - can be broken. They steal a car and flee together. Thus begins a journey on an endless road with infinite escapes.

THEY HAVE ESCAPED is Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää's feature directorial debut.


Raisa and Joni are outsiders. Outcasts and misfits, they disturb the peace and have no understanding of boundaries. They have responsibilities but no rights; they're dreamers whose futures have been foretold.

The style of the film is expressionism, with a narrative style that changes according to the experiences of Raisa and Joni. They are children, and as they embark on the road to adulthood the film undergoes a change in style from a naivistic portrayal of young people to a dream-like, poetic narrative. The film is both an askew coming-of-age story and a fairytale-like reflection of today's Finland. Dreams, memories, hallucinations and reality move side by side, collide and finally melt into one another in the narrative.

The casting was a challenge. Since the main characters were 17 and 19, the actors would most likely be amateurs. It was obvious that Roosa and Teppo had innate talent for acting, but it was the fearlessness with which they threw themselves into their roles that was the key.

I wanted to make a film that would be as rough, capricious, surprising and determined as its main characters, who are people who haven't been ground in the mill of life yet. Instead, they still reach for the light. THEY HAVE ESCAPED is not a realistic film; it's an optimistic one.

They Have Escaped Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

J.-P. Valkeapää

Writing Credits

J.-P. Valkeapää

Pilvi Peltola


Teppo Manner

Roosa Söderholm

Petteri Pennilä

Pelle Heikkilä

Sara Paavolainen

Risto Erjanko

Anja Myllö

Janette Manninen

Music by

Helge Slikker

Cinematography by

Pietari Peltola

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Countries: Finland, Netherlands

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