Finland

Synopsis

Pike has just been released from the penitentiary, and is now a mother of a beautiful baby girl. Leaving behind her torn youth, she now marches towards the great unknown - to her future. Only one thing is certain: she can afford no more mistakes. Pike's ex-lover, Lalli, shows up ruining her plans for a clean start. The passion that once bound the two lovers together is still there. Lalli is not the only man interested in Pike's destiny; crime inspector Elias has decided to find out how Pike is doing after her release. Or maybe he's in love? Elias is partnered up with another police officer, Olli, who is recuperating from a severe occupational accident, and trying to get on his feet after a breakup with the mother of his child. While Pike is looking to forget her past, Olli is scrambling to find his way back to the way things were. But in life there's no turning back - what lies ahead, must be faced. www.8-pallo.fi

Director's Statement

Though the Nordic welfare state wears a functioning facade, much is open to criticism. Unique examination of our society made me lunge for this story. Good luck and misfortune are two sides of life in which the flip of a coin is swift. On occasion, one cannot escape the requirement of decision. To live, you must be the captain of your own soul. Here lies the gist of 8-BALL.
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Aku Louhimies

Written by: Jari Olavi Rantala

Produced by: Marko Antila, Tero Kaukomaa

Cinematography: Mika Orasmaa

Editing: Samu Heikkila

Production Design: Petri Neuvonen

Costume Design: Anne-Maria Ylitapio

Sound: Kirka Sainio

Cast: Jessica Grabowsky, Eero Aho, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Mikko Leppilampi

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2013