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A Moment in the Reeds (2017)

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Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent ... See full summary »

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Mikko Makela

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Mikko Makela, Janne Puustinen (poem)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janne Puustinen ... Leevi
Boodi Kabbani Boodi Kabbani ... Tareq
Mika Melender ... Jouko
Virpi Rautsiala Virpi Rautsiala ... Pirjo
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Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi's father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

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Drama | Romance

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UK | Finland

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English | Finnish

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Entre os Juncos See more »

Filming Locations:

Savitaipale, Finland See more »

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Wild Beast Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The director himself 'states'*: "My main objective in making th[is] film was to challenge Finland into acknowledging the diversity that exists within it - to confront the homogeny of the mainstream with the difference that has been marginalised as 'un-Finnish' for so long. I wanted to make a film that was Finnish and un-Finnish at the same time .. to stage this opening up of traditional Finnish society by these characters usually relegated to the margins .. it is simultaneously a love letter and a critique .. [and in his concluding paragraph] to take a wider view; I would like to think that th[is] film can be seen as representing most things antithetical to Trumpism and Brexitism: freedom of movement, international solidarity and not only tolerance but respect for ethnic, sexual and religious diversity." [*from his own 'statement' on inside cover of Finnish DVD issue.] See more »

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Well-filmed propaganda
30 April 2019 | by WilliamNormandySee all my reviews

Filmed very well with a strong cast and good acting, but the plot contains strong far-left bias and propaganda surrounding sexuality and immigration, failing to give the justice to the open views held by so many Finns and their warm and open hospitality. Builds slowly, ends slower.


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