Antti Litja plays the title character in the Finnish movie The Grump. It will be shown at the Vernon Towne Theatre Monday.

Antti Litja plays the title character in the Finnish movie The Grump. It will be shown at the Vernon Towne Theatre Monday.

The Grump an inspiring tale

The Vernon Film Society presents a Finnish production Monday

For the last show of the summer season the Vernon Film Society will present The Grump Monday.

This crowd-pleaser at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival is an offering from Finland and it introduces us to Antti Litja playing the title character.

He is an 80-year-old man who feels that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and nothing is as good as the good old days.

He is a farmer, who after having an accident, has to spend time in Helsinki with his daughter-in-law, who is a successful businesswoman.

The generation gap is enormous as his outdated opinions on gender roles and modern life in general cannot possibly compare with how things were (and how they still should be, according to him).

There is some poignant archival footage and photos of the good old days that he constantly references to remind us how much life has changed in the last century.

The humour of the situation and how the family and the Grump handle all this makes for a memorable movie which also may remind viewers of last year’s hit The One Hundred Year Old Man.

In the end, it is a touching, witty and inspiring tale about tolerance and closing the generation gap and how even an old dog can learn new tricks.

The film will be shown at the Towne Theatre Monday at 5.15 p.m. and 7.45 p.m.

All tickets are $7 (cash only) and available at the theatre and the Bean Scene. It is subtitled and not yet rated.

The Vernon Film Society’s new program for the fall season will be available at the theatre and the usual outlets at this time.


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