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Ville Jankeri


12-year-old Ossi sees his grandpa dying from a cardiac arrest while working. That very moment Ossi decides not to end up the same way. After underachieving in elementary school and intentionally failing to get any higher education, Ossi ends up living with his parents. Fed up, his father forces him to get a job or he will throw Ossi out in the street. Trapped, Ossi finds a solution when he learns that he is entitled to unemployment benefits.
Ossi loves to be unemployed and free. He finds Kaisa, who doesn't judge him and they share a passion for literature. The happiness ends when Kaisa gets an internship in Paris, but Ossi can't join her, because he is forced to attend an absurd and demeaning course for the long-time unemployed. For fear of losing Kaisa, he decides to write a book about himself and his lifestyle.
The book gets published and Ossi is suddenly famous. At first it's great, but he ends up being hated by the entire nation. Everybody knows him, but nobody buys the book. The relationship goes sour with Kaisa and they break up. Ossi is now poor, despised and alone. He is struggling to write his next novel until he realizes what he needs to do to be happy again.
Ossi stops writing, goes back to being unemployed and fights to convince Kaisa to take him back.


The catalyst for this film is the stigmatization of unemployed people. Societal discourse concerning unemployment can be cold and hard, while attitudes and society's actions towards the unemployed are absurdly comical.
Arrogance is a satire based on an autofiction novel published in Finland in 2017. The book provoked numerous headlines in the media and hours of TV talk shows. When I told my long-time unemployed mother that I am working on this project, she exclaimed: “Oh, that ***** guy”. That was it. I knew I had to make this film.
How come we live in a world that loves work so much that we despise someone not wanting a job? Why does unemployment automatically mean ‘parasitism’? Why do we have such an attitude?
I hope that this film grows from a small tale of a happily unemployed man to a critical depiction of our modern society, where one’s work has become the measure of one’s worth.

Ideologically unemployed parasite in a world of work-loving lambs.
Ville Jankeri

Film Director, Scriptwriter

production notes

original title

produced bySons of Lumière

total production budget
€ 1,200,000.00