When two murders of a Lestadian man shake a religious community in Northern Ostrobothnia, Sanna Tervo (Maria Sid) and Lauri Räihä (Johannes Holopainen), crime investigators at the Central Criminal Police, arrive to investigate the case.
Elisa Viihde's original series All Sins is now seen on TV2.
Directed by documentary filmmaker Mika Ronkainen and co-written with Merja Aakko, the crime drama series won the Best Screenplay Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2019.
Lauri Räihä, performed by Johannes Holopainen, is a rarer figure among the basic members of crime dramas.
Räihä has left his conservative homeland because of his sexual orientation and has not met his parents for 12 years.
A collision with the past is inevitable.
The job gives Räihä the opportunity to escape Couple Therapy, where she goes with her husband.
- Räihä has to face the fact that he has been abused as a child.
Growing up in a tight religious community has left its mark, and getting rid of it is a long process, Johannes Holopainen reflects.
The traumas of the past can be seen, for example, in Räihä's relationship, where anxiety erupts from him as violent behavior.
Two murders in the area of a small municipality attract criminal investigators. Photo: Hannele Majaniemi
- He would like to be able to live in a way that treats himself and others as he sees fit, but it feels difficult.
After all, it is easier to sink into work than to face the problems of one's private life.
According to Holopainen, All Sins, despite the crime story, is above all a personal drama.
- A crime story is a framework within which the struggle and development of individuals is important.
Last year, Johannes Holopainen was a Golden Venla candidate for his role.
He says he has received a lot of positive feedback from both the series and his role.
Commendable feedback has also come from former Lestadians.
IS visited the filming of the series in the summer of 2018. Photo: Ville Honkonen
- There has been praise that the series has credibly described things they are familiar with, Holopainen says.
Lauri Räihä's role has been a real challenge for Holopainen and also an instructive thing.
- Lauri's background is so different from myself that when I got to know Lauri's story, I also learned things about myself.
For example, I understood the importance of a safe childhood.
Lestadianism was not familiar to Holopainen until he began to become acquainted with it because of his role.
For example, he contacted the Victims of Religions Association, through which he got in touch with a few former Lestadians.
- They shared their own stories with me.
Through it, I gained an understanding of how that culture can make a difference.
Holopainen emphasizes that a black-and-white image of old-fashioned Lestadianism is not created.
In preparation for the role, he heard many positive stories about growing up in the Lestadian community.
Holopainen and Ronkainen also visited the clubs to get to know the communal atmosphere.
- The purpose is not to blame anyone, but to tell about things that also extend beyond conservatism.
Similar mechanisms may exist in other communities.
The first season of the series was filmed in the north in 2018, when the hot summer was at its hottest.
Ilta-Sanomat visited the filming at the time, during which the Actors praised the competition for the series' script, directing, production and shooting conditions in the North.
- This is emotional and represents the kind of values I want to highlight.
Acceptance, love and caring are important.
The characters are believable, and I left as soon as I read the script, Holopainen praised in the midst of the filming.
Maria Sid, for her part, told how the role of Sanna Tervo is written to be visible and alive.
- He is good at his job and in a way escapes it until a situation arises where things have to be faced.
The working pair of the series has good dynamics, the whole life is present, Sid described the main pair of the series.
The second season was filmed in the winter of 2019–2020.
It will premiere at Elisa Aitio in autumn 2020
Holopainen reveals that the second term will go back to 1999.
- Let's go back to people's past.
And facing new sins, Holopainen laughs.
- It is great to make such a time travel and shed light on events through the past.
If you look at the first season again after the second season, you’ll notice the various subtle clues that the first season has had.
Holopainen is currently filming a TV series called Yhti Rahti, which deals with immigration and human trafficking.
- The series introduces us to the world that exists but from which we close our eyes.
All sins on Wednesday 16.9.
from TV2 21.00