Project Description


Force of Habit (Tottumiskysymys) is based on six short films from the Yksittäistapaus project that portrays women’s everyday experiences of the exercise of power.

Force of Habit follows the lives of various women throughout one day. Hilla is having a romantic vacation, Emmi is throwing a house party, and Milja is on her way to school when they’re approached by a stranger and things take an unexpected turn. At the same time, Emppu, a young actress, is conflicted as she rehearses for the biggest role of her life. Elsewhere, Aleksi, an inexperienced prosecutor, is preparing for his first court case in haste; Niina, the victim of the crime, has been waiting years to see her case tried. Miia throws a company party, and the mood dramatically changes when her colleague Katja opens up about their boss coming on to her. Miia and a couple of her closest colleagues try to resolve the situation, but how do the others react?

Force of Habit will show you your everyday life in a new light, seen from a fresh viewpoint. The absurd humor of the film will make you laugh and cry: is it really possible that these things happen all around us?

Directors and writers: Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi, Miia Tervo
Produced by: Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films


Pinja Sanaksenaho
Julia Lappalainen
Krista Kosonen
Eero Ritala
Suvi Blick
Joonas Snellman
Seidi Haarla
Pirjo Lonka
Johannes Holopainen
Lotta Kaihua

Duration: 75 min


Koulukino (School Cinema Association) has a simple and clear principle: as many pupils as possible should see a film during the school day, in a real cinema, and have the opportunity to discuss what they saw afterwards.