Saturday, February 19, 2005

Eläville ja kuolleille

For the Living and the Dead. FI (c) 2005 Sputnik. D+SC: Kari Paljakka. DP: Pekka Uotila. ED: Timo Linnasalo. Starring Hannu-Pekka Björkman (father), Katja Kukkola (mother), Johannes Paljakka (Timo), Mari Rantasila (Leena), Tommi Korpela (Kaitsu). 95 min. Pleasant photochemical look. A Bavaria release with English subtitles. In the presence of Kari Paljakka and Johannes Paljakka. Viewed in Zoo-Palast, Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Special), 18 Feb 2005. Based on a true story, this is a film of Trauerarbeit: the family is deeply shaken by the accidental death of the little son. After the film, Kari Paljakka told that the film as actually a mild version of the true story. A psychologically sound and authentic film to be recommended to professionals in psychology, clerical work, etc., and for everyone who has suffered such a loss. Blatantly uncommercial, the film avoids cheap tricks, but most likely it's a keeper as a sincere account of overcoming a traumatic experience. ***

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