But there may yet be a moment left to really live. Inkeri makes her sisters Sylvi and Raili join her on a trip to the Koli National Park. To do that one last ride.
So the trip begins, travelling through Finland: charming overly young hitchhikers, cars breaking down, and sinful dancing in restaurants. It’s a journey to confront the past and present where the siblings have to overcome their conflicts and reveal their secrets. During the journey, Inkeri comes across her university writings. Seeing in them a free woman with dreams, that later were suppressed by a patriarchal marriage.
In the meantime, Tapio has awoken. He’s not dead. With a sore head he embarks on a journey with a small plane to find Inkeri. In the meantime the sisters journey ends to meet Eino, who was Inkeri’s crush in her youth. Unfortunately shy Eino lost and Tapio won.
But will Eino still remember Inkeri and is Eino only madness and illusion, and would Inkeri be happier with Tapio who seems to be sincere in his effort to find reconciliation? Or will Inkeri find again that free young woman in her that desired a feminist revolution in the 70s?
With a pounding heart, Inkeri has to make the biggest choice concerning the rest of her life, a choice between happiness and convention.
LADIES OF STEEL is a celebration of older age and life. I wanted to depict elderly people as active agents, who can (still) have an influence on their own lives - and those of others. The characters in the film know how to laugh at themselves - or at least, at each other. I wish that the film touches and amuses the viewer.
This film gives me hope, hopefully to others too. There is and always will be life, its merely up to us, how we lead it. The thought that life does not end at 60, not even when you turn 80, is comforting, encouraging, enlarging and merciful.
Tola started acting when she was 9-years old, as a hobby in video films and amateur theatre. Tola studied acting in the Theatre Academy of Helsinki and graduated as a Master of Theatre Arts in 2008. She published a book, "Why I act?", in 2007, which was a part of her final thesis in the theatre academy. During her academic studies, she acted in theatre Jurkka, in Helsinki.
She directed her first feature film, SWINGERS, in 2018. Prior to that she has been writing and directing short films. LADIES OF STEEL is her second feature film as a writer and director. Currently, Tola is writing and directing new projects, that will be released in the beginning of 2021.
2020 LADIES OF STEEL
2011 BURUNGO, short
2011 ELMA & LIISA, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Pamela Tola
Written by: Pamela Tola, Aleksi Bardy
Produced by: Aleksi Bardy, Dome Karukoski, Sirkka Rautiainen
Cinematography: Päivi Kettunen
Editing: Antti Reikko
Production Design: Heini Erving
Costume Design: Tiina Kaukanen
Make-Up & Hair: Riikka Virtanen
Original Score: Panu Aaltio
Sound: Panu Riikonen
Visual Effects: Tuomo Hintikka
Main Cast: Leena Uotila (Inkeri), Seela Sella (Raili), Saara Pakkasvirta (Sylvi)
Nominations and Awards
- European Comedy 2020