A tragic love affair between Victoria and Johannes. She's a daughter of a rich estate owner and he's the son of the poor miller. Despite the deep love between them, her father makes Victoria ditch Johannes for the richer Otto.
Merle follows the invitation of her lover to spend the summer in the South of France. She is surprised to find only his children in the summer house. Did she expect more than she should have? An ambiguous summer full of silent desire.
Kriss lives at a mental institution, where he spends all day watching an old black-and-white film called "Rene hjerter". One day he and his friend, Willy, escapes the institution to find the star of "Rene hjerter", Ulla Vilstrup.
The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.
Set in front of the overwhelming landscape of northern Finland, somewhere near the Russian boarder. A soldier falls in love with a enigmatical beauty that comes and leaves as she wants. The seasons come and go, while he feeds on their short happy moments in the woods. She eludes and unravels herself, too.
The images Kai Lehtinen finds for his simple love story touch, they circle around the animation of the nature - seemingly - promising solitude (a good leitmotif, BTW). Bittersweetly filmed emotions, lucid faces, the Finnish sense of humor, silently melancholic; how hard is it to swim back into our sphere from that poetic dream!
This is made in a fashion, rarely anyone else than the Finnish can achieve. Not only a feast for the eye, but a meditation that touches heart and soul!
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