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Longtime couple Venla and Antero come to a serious impasse. After years with Antero, Venla wants to start a family, but her boyfriend, worried that parenthood will stifle his speed-skating career, secretly gets a vasectomy. Determined to have a child, Venla seeks help from a female fertility doctor, a decision that breeds new possibilities for the prospective mother when she falls in love with the doctor. Written by
I enjoyed the film Producing Adults. The acting was superb, thanks to a strong script and believable characters. The desperation underlying the urge for reproduction is done with a certain understated 'flair' (is that an oxymoron?) that is most appealing.
Someone said that the change in the lead character's sexual preference was jarring, and on celluloid at least it does indeed look somewhat sudden. A 'heating-up' period might have helped. These two women have known each other all their lives, but we are not led to believe that they destined to be lovers, particularly since the lead character, pushing hard for pregnancy, has stood by her selfish boyfriend for 15 years.
I can see where straight men might be somewhat put out by perceptions of 'male bashing.' The men in the film tend to be self-absorbed, a little pathetic, even doltish. That said, all things considered, I think this is a sweet, moving and engaging movie. It is, at its heart, about love, yet it's never smarmy, pretentious or didactic. There are some very soft and tender scenes in here that brilliantly belie that old myth about Scandinavia's 'icy' temperament.
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