The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017)

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Consensus: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki sidesteps sports biopic clichés with a beautifully filmed, well-acted look at the balance between career fulfillment and personal happiness.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

J.P. Passi's hand-held black-and-white cinematography cries out for big-screen viewing.

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Glenn Kenny

A lesson for our time? I can only hope.

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Jason Anderson
Cinema Scope

Viewers who come under the apprehension that this is any kind of sports film are bound to be thrown by the wryly funny, mild-mannered yet deeply felt movie they find here.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a very small film, with a big heart.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

For the most part, that willingness to scale down and not go for the big, dramatic knockout ends up being refreshing. But it also occasionally results in a lack of dramatic urgency.

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Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

The film is a fresh-out-of-the-gate triumph for young writer-director Juho Kuosmanen, starting with his casting of Jarkko Lahti.

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A.A. Dowd
AV Club

How endearing to encounter a sports movie, if it can even be called that, that prints the man instead of his legend.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist.

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Jay Stone

It's an unusual boxing movie, and it comes without the many clichés of the genre.

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