A Man's Job (2007)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Finland   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A former stone worker in search of employment takes a most unanticipated career turn in director Aleksi Salmenpera's thoughtful character study. Juha (Tommi Korpela) is out of a job, but he's trying to keep his unemployed status a secret from his clinically depressed wife Katja (Maria Heiskanen). Having failed to earn a paycheck for two months, Juha begins posting flyers around town in search of odd jobs. In order to ensure that his wife won't find out Juha lists his best friend Olli (Jani Volanen)'s telephone number on the flyers. It's not long before a woman calls seeking a man's help with some structural work, and eager Juha jumps at the chance to earn some extra cash. One at the woman's home, however, things quickly take a strange turn as the woman asks Juha to strip naked and brush her hair. Later, after returning to the woman's house for a more intimate session, the quick-thinking entrepreneur hires Olli as his contact man and launches a profitable escort business catering to lonely, middle-aged women. When his wife telephones his former employer and discovers he was laid off and his daughter subsequently makes a surprising find in dad's briefcase, Juha is finally forced to tell the truth about his new occupation.

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escort-service, secrets, unemployment