A fictitious biography of Aira Samulin, the goddess of dance and importer of all the international dance crazes to Finland for some fifty years. The life story of this extravagant ever-teen...
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A fictitious biography of Aira Samulin, the goddess of dance and importer of all the international dance crazes to Finland for some fifty years. The life story of this extravagant ever-teen, well beyond the usual retirement age, is told inside a fictitious plot about a Master of Ceremonies trying to persuade Aira to stage a show at his cabaret restaurant. Besides Aira Samulin, many other Finnish celebrities appear among the eccentric lineup auditioning for the show, playing more or less their fictionalised selves. Written by
This is a highly interesting and alternative way to stage a biopic of a still living person, using her in the title role. What could easily have turned into a mockery or a rather tacky Joan Rivers-like "Me Me Me" outpouring, has successfully emerged into an entertaining and informative piece of surreal filmmaking, which conveys the life and emotions of the subject (Miss Samulin) to the viewer effortlessly, albeit in a somewhat dangerous and to many tastes sacrilegious fashion. I know Miss Samulin to be an eternal, almost immortal beauty, the toast of every party, the embodiment of vitality and charm; now I also know her to be a very sensitive actress and a brave woman to expose some of the dramatic and tragic aspects of her life to the public without any sentimentalism, sometimes in the dressing of grotesque. The film is a Fellini-like journey into the subconscious alternative reality; I have no idea how this would work, if one wouldn't know, that instead of being a witty mockumentary, it is an actual cinematic portrait of a real woman. Perhaps it would work even better.
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