A Moment in the Reeds [DVD]
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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. 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 : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.5 Ounces
- Director : Mikko Makela
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 47 minutes
- Release date : December 4, 2018
- Actors : Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish
- Producers : Mikko Makela, James Robert Watson, Jarno Pimperi
- Studio : Wild Beast Productions
- ASIN : B07KLS2X26
- Writers : Mikko Makela
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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" !
Lots of mixed opinions about this movie. Most are not so great.
My 1 big pro is: The dialogue- specifically the topics that were addressed and HOW they feel about them. Those were extremely realistic and emotionally complex, in my opinion. (The only reason I gave it a 2 star rating- otherwise its lower)
Dialogue does seem awkward/forced between actors. Could simply be that they were both non-English speakers as a first language, but it was just difficult to listen to/believe.
Took a long time to actually get anywhere in the movie...
The worst part for me, was that after it took a long time to finally get somewhere, it explodes then end-scene. It just felt like I was watching some college art film from the 1990's, and they were still exploring how to dramatically end a film. It was absolutely, and inexcusably a disappointing film end. But by no means an ending to a story (if that makes sense). I actually felt angry once I realized the credits were rolling...
So, in my opinion, I wouldn't bother purchasing this film. Watch it on netflix or something. Nothing against the director. I hope they learn from this and do better in the future.