Veli-Matti is a taxi driver whose violent temper will get him into a lot of trouble. He seems to be the perfect nice guy when with his children, even though his wife has vanished when their youngest child was only a couple of months old. When she returns after an unexplained two-month absence, he realizes they cannot go on to live as if nothing happened; he suggests he moves out and they both move on with their lives. This puts the loving father of three in a weaker position where the kids are concerned: he fights for a fifty-fifty settlement but his wife wants a settlement that will suit her better, even if she was the one who abandoned the family for two months. He tries to do what he can for his children, despite a chronic lack of time and resources, and his actions play like a crash-course in low-budget single parenting: he makes bread buns with his kids, reads to them, takes them on adventures in his dark and unfurnished new flat, cooking pancakes in a pan on a fire inside a pot....Written by
Boyd van Hoeij
Shot on handheld digital video with a very low budget. Director Aku Louhimies estimates that the technical equipment cost less than 1,000 euros. Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen describes the cameras used in the film as "Mickey Mouse cameras", so editing and color grading became very important. See more »
Quite a good movie about a very important issue: Fathers' custody rights. I'm very happy to see that some care enough to make such a passionate movie about it. I don't know if the DV format was an aesthetic or economical choice but that was my main beef with the movie. I know it kind of enhanced the cold atmosphere but that's one rule I'm adamant about. DV for home video, 35mm for theater, that's it, that's all. Other than that, I loved the characters and the complexity of their actions. The sex scenes were some of the most intense ones I have ever seen. You can almost touch all the love, hate and despair in the couple.
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