Location: Finnish Lapland, Sami region: Utsjoki (the northernmost municipality of Finland and EU).
In Sami language with Finnish subtitles by Unni Länsman.
Tampere Film Festival (National Competition 9), Friday, 6 March 2015
TFF: "A short documentary film about the love of work through the eyes of two different generations. An old craftsman acts as a guide to a young apprentice into the traditional knowledge of handicraft. Is there still a place for this expertise in modern society? The young man Markus has spent most of his life in the city. Now he returns to his roots and discovers a passion in handicraft. He dreams of making a living through this passion. At his childhood village there lives an old master craftsman, Piera. The master is eager to share his knowledge, and together they create a scythe."
AA: A nice and tender account about tradition and modernity in Lapland.
Résumé: the old-timer Piera wields his old-fashioned scythe on the meadow. Two guys negotiate the Outakoski river on a speedboat. The old master teaches the young apprentice Markus how to carve and hew the shaft of a scythe from a piece of solid curved wood (see image above). Splinters fly. The master carpenter is also a boat builder.
Visuals: home video quality.