Force Of Habit

A film by seven directors shows us moments in women’s lives that usually remain hidden.

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?

A feature film. Duration 75 minutes. Premiere September 27th 2019

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

The film is part of One-Off Incident, a film sensation made by fifteen filmmakers collectively; a collection of short films, a feature titled Force of Habit and a campaign linked to them reveal the hidden ways power is exercised on women in both private life and in society.

The project has received funding from the MEDIA programme of Creative Europe.


PUBLICIST Sanna-­Maria Rantanen / HYPR Agency & Mindtrix co. Tuffi Films, +358 50 320 5035

DISTRIBUTION Arto Heiskanen, +358 40 591 3688