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Directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

Finland 2014 100 mins.

Dreams, memories, hallucinations, and harsh reality interweave in Finnish filmmaker Valkeapää’s dark drama-thriller. Joni (Teppo Manner) is a shy, stuttering boy who has fled military service and is assigned to a halfway house for troubled youth. There he meets Raisa (Roosa Söderholm), who is like a wild animal trying to break free of her chains. Their shared disregard for rules, laws, and convention leads them to steal a car and embark on a journey that takes them from a drug-fuelled island idyll to an encounter with a hippie trinket salesman, and eventually on a trip to Raisa’s childhood home –where things shift from ill-starred romance to something far more troubling. Winner of the Jussi Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Appears in: New Scandinavian Cinema

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