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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 »

Director:

Mikko Makela

Writers:

Mikko Makela, Janne Puustinen (poem)
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2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Trivia

The main character has gone abroad (to France) not only to study, but because of uncertainty about his home life: the director (Mikko Makela) similarly also left his country (Finland) which caused "a rediscovery and exploration of many of those aspects of Finnish culture and society which I vehemently rejected growing up and [so] leaving." from director's 'statement' on inside cover of Finnish DVD issue.] See more »

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Trying to find a way in an isolated nature
26 November 2019 | by attilatormusSee all my reviews

I liked this movie, I liked its way in telling the story. Yes, its tempo is slow but the story streams perfectly. Dialogues and acting are very successful. There is no exaggeration or "unnecessary emphasis". Both players, Boodi Kabbani as 'Tareq' and Janne Puustinen as 'Leevi' did well-done job. I slightly disturbed in some scenes (not in scenes with sexual content) when the camera moved too much. For example,, the camera was moving (like shaking) during the scene where two guys were swimming in the pond. I don't know whether it was necessary. Camera moves are usually preferred for horror scenes or for increasing the tension.

I liked the movie but I have some general critics on movies which place "gay issues" at the focus. Why do generally gay movies have to be shut in an isolated places? Far from people, creating a lonely planet have started to be a cliche. 'A Moment in the Reeds' repeats this cliche too, like 'on God's Own Country'. (Likewise directors may create another getto instead they wanted to demolish the walls??) There is also often a hidden sadness in the background and it causes a slow motion streaming. The balance between "drama" and "comedy" are missed on purpose. (That's why I liked more the movie 'Theo and Hugo' due to its tempo.) Gay style-movies also like giving too much priority to dialogues. In the sound structure, the audience listens to dialogues more than the other sounds. These dialogues are also mostly between two main characters. Soundtracks, sounds of city, or other people's dialogues are usually less. This makes movie less believable and less real!! Despite of my general critics, 'A Moment in the Reeds' was directed quite successfully and deserves to be watched!


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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (Finland) See more »

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Amor Entre os Juncos See more »

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Savitaipale, Finland See more »

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