Project Description


Married couple Hilla (Krista Kosonen) and Kristian (Eero Ritala) are enjoying the first evening of their romantic getaway in Lisbon, when an unknown man gropes Hilla. The couple tries to keep up a fun spirit, but to both of their disappointment, it’s impossible to ignore what’s happened. It becomes obvious that the spouses have very different experiences of these sort of situations. How could one react to groping so the object of it wouldn’t just be a victim – and so the incident wouldn’t stay between the spouses? No Big Deal is written and directed by Alli Haapasalo, and it is part of the film anthology Force of Habit.

Directed and screenplay by: Alli Haapasalo
Produced by: Elli Toivoniemi & Sanna Kultanen
Cinematography by: Jarmo Kiuru
Production design by: Laura Haapakangas
Costume and make-up design by: Roosa Marttiini
Editing by: Katja Pällijeff
Sound design by: Lotta Mäki


Hilla: Krista Kosonen
Kristian: Eero Ritala

Country of production: Finland
Duration: 11:56
Domestic content rating: S (for all ages)

When a strange man groped me on a holiday trip, my husband and I did not know what to do. Getting furious seemed like overkill, grabbing him back like lowering myself to his level of obscenity. My mind was flooded with similar incidents – situations that all women are familiar with but no one likes to talk about. I did not like being a victim at all. The most insulting part was being totally stripped of my power in that situation. Although he wanted to, my husband could not fully understand my distress. Few 35-year-old men have such a long experience about sexual harassment as nearly every 35-year-old woman has. Women’s inequality is much less straightforward than what the majority of people, the society, and the public debate are able to perceive.

Alli Haapasalo, director-writer

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