Stupid Young Heart
Directed by Selma Vilhunen
Finland, Narrative, 2018, 102 mins., in Finnish and Somali with English subtitles
Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. (program concludes at 11:00 a.m.)
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. (inside the Portland Art Museum)
Themes & Subjects: Immigration, Race & Racism, Nationalism, Adolescence, High School, Family Relations, Teen Pregnancy
Synopsis: Kiira (Rosa Honkonen) is pretty, popular, the lead on the high school dance team, and long-time crush of goofy, scrawny Lenni (Jere Ristseppä). After a hook-up at a party, Kiira discovers that she’s pregnant and they decide to keep the baby. Not your typical coming-of-age drama, Stupid Young Heart uses the nine-month lead up to a life-changing event to explore contemporary connections between manhood, race, and nationalism in an economically depressed Finnish suburb. Sweet and supportive at first, Lenni’s insecurities about how to provide for the coming baby have him seeking advice from a new friend Janne, who is a member of a far-right group plotting against a growing Somali community. In the end, Lenni must figure out what fatherhood means to him, in this reflection of all-to-real events against immigrant communities throughout Europe.
Resources for teachers:
Cinema Scope review.