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Concrete Night (2013)

Betoniyö (original title)
A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Johannes Brotherus ...
Simo
...
Ilkka
Anneli Karppinen ...
Mother
Juhan Ulfsak ...
Man
Alex Anton ...
Jusa
Iida Kuningas ...
Veera
Pauli Poranen ...
Taxi driver
Mauno Paajanen ...
Twiggy
Rea Mauranen ...
Woman
Teijo Eloranta ...
Man with grey hair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannele Nieminen ...
Waitress
Arto Oskar Reunanen ...
The drunkard in the metro
Timo Välisaari ...
Tsali
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Storyline

Concrete Night opens in a cramped, concrete-jungle home. The elder of the two brothers is getting ready to go and serve his prison sentence. During his last 24 hours of freedom, his little brother follows the brother he admires through the fateful sights of that night. Written by Anonymous

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1 November 2013 (Finland)  »

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Betongnatt  »

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€1,620,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Filming each scene was carefully planned and during 21 days of the principal photography hardly any extra alternative views was shot. Thus the final cut left out just four additional views. See more »

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The man photographs Simo with a camera in horizontal orientation, yet when Ilkka views those photos they appear to be in portrait orientation. See more »

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Art in its deepest form
4 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Concrete Night was selected to represent its country at the Oscars and was seen by as few as 9 555 persons in the cinemas. A quite interesting combination. Didn't make it there.

The movie is all about visual language and soul. I recognize some elements of high value. Director Pirjo Honkasalo uses her actors like she played them as instruments and directs amazingly. The actors' task is to expose soul more than anything, but something keeps me from playing along and I don't warm up for this world. That part must connect when there isn't a mentionable plot to capture my interest.

It's like the movie is teaching its viewer to ignore intuition and surrender to concrete... and leaving it to the viewer to understand the educational value of this. Art in its deepest form, ladies and gentlemen.


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