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Olavi Virta

2018 | 125 min | K-12 | biography, drama

Olavi Virta tells the story of one of the most famous Finnish male singers of all time. His career dates back to Finland’s post-war era, and with the help of his music, Finns forgot their sorrows by dancing, partying, dreaming, and loving.

As Olavi’s career rose, the temptations of success came with it, such as alcohol and side relationships, and he did not manage to avoid them. Although the family stayed by Olavi’s side for a long time, in the end, nothing made the family stay by his side, despite his requests and promises.

Koulukino’s learning material is aimed at secondary school studies and high schools. The tasks consist of interpreting the interview video, information search and analysis tasks, and tips on places to visit which are made to honor Olavi Virta.

Film Theme:

The movie tells the story of a man who rose from poverty to become a beloved performer in Finland, both on stage and in films. The narrative also explores the cost of success and life’s twists and turns, including the struggle against a serious illness.


Olavi Virta in Finnish Music History:

  • Familiarize yourselves with Olavi Virta’s significance in Finnish music culture.
  • Why was Olavi Virta so popular?
  • What influences did he bring to the Finnish music scene?
  • Listen to some of Olavi Virta’s most famous songs.

Success and Its Price:

  • Discuss the film’s theme of the cost of success.
  • How does success affect the artist’s life?
  • What difficulties did Olavi Virta face during success?

Artist Life in Films:

  • Explore other films depicting the lives and careers of artists.
  • Compare these films to the movie “Olavi Virta.”
  • What similarities and differences do you notice between these movies?

Olavi Virta’s Music:

  • Examine Olavi Virta’s music as part of Finnish music history.
  • Analyze some of his songs in terms of lyrics and music.
  • How can music convey emotions and stories?

Battles in Life:

  • Discuss Olavi Virta’s battle against alcoholism.
  • What motivated him to return to the stage?
  • What lessons can we draw from his story?

Extra Tasks:

  • Write an essay or report on Olavi Virta’s significance in Finnish music culture.
  • Compile a list of songs by Olavi Virta and analyze them from the perspectives of lyrics and music.
  • Organize a discussion session focusing on the challenges of success and an artist’s life.
  • Watch the movie “Olavi Virta” and write a film review evaluating the storytelling, performances, and themes.


The educational material has been prepared by Elokuvalisenssi

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About the movie


  • history
  • music


  • courage
  • defeating difficulties
  • domestic
  • educational materials
  • fear
  • informational
  • intoxicants
  • learning materials
  • milieu and zeitgeist
  • music
  • relationships
  • success

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • biography
  • drama


  • based on true events

Age limits

  • K-12


  • Artista Filmi