Tampere Film Festival (National Competition 9), Friday, 6 March 2015
TFF: "When the mother and the stepfather of the 16-year-old Pauli get a divorce, Pauli moves to live with his stepfather."
AA: A story about life in blended families. The awkward approach is both intentional and unintentional. There is an atmosphere of living in temporary circumstances.
There is a sharp dramatic scene when the stepfather's lady friend and Pauli have a row in the kitchen. The lady friend wonders what Pauli is doing in the apartment, and Pauli replies that at least he is not paying for it with his ass. The wrong thing to say to a pregnant wife-to-be.
Pauli has now burned his bridges with everybody and stays alone at night in the bitter cold. It is mother who comes to the rescue.
Visually this borders on home movie quality.