09 / 2016
140 x 202 mm
General Fiction
Published by:
Antti Tuuri

The Boys

The story of a young Finnish migrant in the 1960s, when drastic changes emptied the Finnish countryside and sent thousands of Finns to Sweden.

Sauli works various jobs and plays the accordion in the orchestra of Pohjanmaa. When the soloist singer, Sauli’s wife, leaves for Sweden and the orchestra breaks apart. Sauli follows her and enlists in the Volvo foundry, where he cleans casts. The work is heavy, the Finns and Yugoslavians are seen as a pariah class.

Outside his work, Sauli starts to play in a dance band. As their reputation as tango players grows, the boys travel to play their music in local areas where Finnish people live, attracting up to thousands of dancers. Soon, the band hops on a tour. Numerous twists of fate will cross Sauli’s path.


Foreign Rights Information

An excerpt in English will be available