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Unrated | | Drama | 2 December 2004 (Hungary)
Taavi, who never goes anywhere without his video camera, and his young and wealthy friends find themselves on the cusp of adulthood. After throwing a wild party at the mansion left to him ... See full summary »

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Taavi
Reino Nordin ...
Jere
Jarkko Niemi ...
Markus
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Reetta
Ville Kivelä ...
Sami
Mervi Takatalo ...
Mira
Evi Suppala ...
Jenni
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Helena Pääkkönen
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Jeren isä Juhani
Kari Heiskanen ...
Juristi
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Taavin isä
Milka Ahlroth ...
Taavin ätti
Esko Mäkelä ...
Nettideittimies
Elina Stirkkinen ...
Nettideittinainen
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Samin isä
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Taavi, who never goes anywhere without his video camera, and his young and wealthy friends find themselves on the cusp of adulthood. After throwing a wild party at the mansion left to him by his deceased parents, Taavi shoots video of the partygoers in their various states of undress and drunken sexual congress. What begins as a prank spurs Taavi and his friends Jere, Sami, and Markus to form a club, the only requirement for admission being that each young man must bring a tape of his latest sexual conquest to every club meeting. The risque game quickly degenerates into dangerous compulsion as relationships implode and the boys forsake their girlfriends in favor of prostitutes and "swingers". As currents of coercion and abuse enter the picture, each young man must ultimately confront his own morality in the viewfinder. Written by AnonymousB

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Viimeisenä seisoo rakkaus

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Young Gods  »

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Ääriviivat
Written by Ismo Alanko
Arranged by Alanko, Laiho, Kämäräinen, Karjalainen, Timonen
Performed by Ismo Alanko Säätiö
(p) 2003 Poko Rekords Oy
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16 November 2006 | by (Clearwater Fl) – See all my reviews

Young Gods: 7 out of 10: For once I would like to see a teenage drama where careless foolish teenagers get away with being well careless and foolish. Nobody gets hurt, pregnant, married, commits suicide, tragically killed ext… they just act like complete idiots and go off to college. Kind of like real life for a lot of kids.

On second thought there are movies like this but they are all have Porky's in the title. Young Gods is unfortunately a teenage drama. Which means no foolish action will go unpunished.

Before the drama really kicks in we have a super realistic look at the lives of four teenage boys. The movie nails the attitudes and actions of young males of that age group and the pace while leisurely actually reflects the indifference to time people of that age actually have. (It also reflects the boredom that comes with no school and no job.) The movie also has a surprisingly naturalistic attitude about nudity and sex. Some may be shocked by the young actors' nudity but it felt non-sensationalist and rather realistic.

The plot about voyeurism and constant filming is overdone (see drama above) and the results of the boys' actions seem more draconian than real life. But this is after all a movie.

Despite being relatively slow placed and occasionally over-dramatic Young Gods is an enjoyable, realistic and fresh coming of age film.


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