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. 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 in the heat of the Finnish summer.
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS is one of the first queer feature films made in Finland. Viewing the country from both the perspectives of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film casts the long-marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.
"An engaging and steamy drama" - Indiewire
"A spare, intense gay romance...an admirable quiet intensity" - Variety
"One of the most moving gay romance stories of recent years" - Film Inquiry
"A remarkable achievement...one of the year’s best LGBT discoveries." - Gay Essential
Nominated for a British Independent Film Award and two Finnish Academy Awards (Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor).
EXTRA FEATURES: Deleted scenes, Trailer & teasers
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Director : Mikko Makela
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Release date : December 4, 2018
- Actors : Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala
- Subtitles: : English, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Greek
- Producers : Mikko Makela, James Watson, Jarno Pimperi
- Studio : Wild Beast Productions
- ASIN : B07KLNHN41
- Writers : Mikko Makela
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The story is a true slice out of any gay person’s past, so witnessing what has gone before in Leevi’s childhood and before moving to Paris and the happenings between his parents he left behind will ring true to most. While Tareq’s story is much the same, coming from Syria has deeper levels of hurt and shame connected to his family and past.
The story comes together when Leevi comes home intent to gather materials for his upcoming thesis for graduation from university. His father has begun falling on harder times and is repairing the summer cottage preparing it for sale to help financially. He has hired a helper through an agency to help with the repairs and convinces his son to also help while he is home.
All of the problems between generations, and the resentments that have ensued, are exposed here with truthfully open detail, making it more accurate to us who are watching....dare I say that we are feeling or reliving our own uneasinesses we have suffered through ourselves.
Problems arise at his business and the dad must go back to town to iron them out and while gone our story develops into the tenderest love story between two men I’ve ever seen on film.
Of course no matter what is happening at any one time life goes on and it does here, growing and developing, and naturally people’s old hurts, resentments, biases, get brought to the forefront again with the same effect as previously experienced.
If possible I would rate “A Moment in the Reeds” 10 stars because it is so carefully shot and acted, with perfect tenderness and beauty and 100% believability. Most highly recommended! Well worth your time and investing your heart in for two hours! You will be deeply moved.
This film could have been a wonderful romantic love story, and in fact, it is until the 15 minutes of the film, but it not and Life does not alway serve us up what we want, expect, or often deserve. It serves up Life.
The two main male leads are attractive enough, the incidents leading to their union and extremely heated, sexual romps are films with beauty, delicacy, and hotness. That they are both not Americans likely sits uncomfortable with most "ugly Americans' perception of difference is not surprise, and the influence of the father is strong and and foreboding from the beginning of the film...so why is the inevitable ending so hard to accept?
Same gender loving couple have always had challenges and obstacles innately laid before them, it's the nature of the beast. Gay are 'others' unfortunately in this world, but I'd still rather view a slice of Life about people who's values, make-up, and natural instinct more resemble mine, even if the ending are not always "Happy" !
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You see both boys move closer and then distancing themselves. A moment in the reeds.