The Good Son

The Good Son  {Hyvä Poika}
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The Good Son
Hyvä Poika
Finland, 2011, 88 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema
Language: Finnish English Sub-Titles

A black-as-coal comedy with an undertow of imminent violence, Zaida Bergroth’s sophomore feature takes as its subject the psychologically destructive relationship between a profoundly diva-ish film star mother and her teenage son. Leila (Elina Knihtilä), a narcissistic actress entering her middle years, is constantly surrounded by scandal, much of it due to her revolving-door love life. Needy and vain, she’s relied on her oldest son Illmari (Samuli Niittymäki) for everything from career and emotional support to butler duty. Taking Illmari and his little brother with her on a weekend “break” to their lakeside cabin, she soon becomes bored and invites a drunken coterie of sycophants to join them. Enter screenwriter Aimo (Eero Aho), who catches Leila’s eye. The long-suffering Illmari is not amused and soon the tension stretches to the breaking point. Bergroth treads a fine line, offering up, on the one hand, a devastating satire of showbiz life and, on the other, a serious drama about a psychologically damaged youth. This rare thematic coupling is as unsettling as it is richly satisfying.

DIRECTOR: Zaida Bergroth
Producer: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Eli Toivoniemi
Editor: Jan Forsström
Screenwriter: Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth
Cinematographer: Anu Keranen
Music: Mi and Lau
Principal Cast: Samuli Niittymäki, Elina Knihtilä, Eero Aho, Anna Paavilainen, Eetu Julin
Filmography: Last Cowboy Standing (2009)
Print Source: Finnish Film Foundation - www.ses.fi


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