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by Claes Olsson


Paula, an arts teacher and her husband Jarkko Tiensuu, a family therapist for the parish have tried to have a child for some years. Helena and her husband Mikko Raski are career-oriented people, who both work at an IT company. Their relationship is fine until Helena suddenly wants to have a child. The destinies of these couples get mixed in surprising ways after Helena and Paula run into each other at a class reunion. Paula gets pregnant after yet another embryo transfer. Helena on the other hand finds out by accident that Mikko is sterile. Helena's obsessive dream of a child frightens Mikko to move out. Paula has a miscarriage and she collapses. Helena visits the therapist Jarkko unaware that he is Paula's husband. They wind up making love and Helena gets pregnant.

international title: Shades of Happiness
original title: Onnen varjot
country: Finland
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Claes Olsson
film run: 104'
screenplay: Anna-Leena Härkönen
cast: Tiina Lymi, Nicke Lignell, Milka Ahlroth, Santeri Kinnunen, Anna-Leena Härkönen ja Otto Kanerva
cinematography by: Pertti Mutanen
film editing: Oskar Franzen
art director: Jukka Kärkkäinen
costumes designer: Elina Lario
music: Yari
producer: Risto Salomaa, Leila Lyytikäinen
production: Kinoproduction Oy, FilmLance International AB, MTV3, Nordic Film & TV Fund
backing: Finnish Film Foundation
distributor: Nordisk Film AB
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