Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The young Hungarian Mari (Mari Kiss) is pining for her lover who lives in Sweden. Her girlfriends, in a moment of merry inspiration, convince a visiting Finnish bachelor, Pekka (Tom Wentzel) to officially wed Mari in Finland - on a temporary basis - so she will be closer to her lover. From there, she will take it on her own. The girlfriends go with Mari to Finland, on a lark and a three-week visa, to enjoy the wedding. Meanwhile, Pekka starts to turn against the whole idea while Mari finds that the attraction to her lover is dying off just as an attraction to Pekka begins to grow. The wedding takes place all the same, leaving Mari confused and upset, as Pekka clearly has no interest in her, period. As the story reaches toward its ending, it has added significance for all Hungarians. In 1981, the law in Hungary stipulated that any Hungarian marrying a foreigner outside of the country would have to remain married for five years before being allowed back home.
Hungary, marriage-of-convenience, attraction