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On the day obstetric surgeon Saara turns 40, after architect husband Leo has shared an exuberant birthday bonk with her, she discovers a half-used packet of condoms in his guitar case: she'd like to know where the missing condoms went. The answer to that question is of course that he's been having an affair with a student, Tuuli. It doesn't take her long to identify Tuuli and discover that, in the evenings, she teaches a self-defense classes. She signs up for the class with a fake name, befriends her; seeing Tuuli showering after the first class, she's appalled by the relative youthfulness of the woman's body. She also moves out and starts living alone. Bit by bit, Saara worms her way into Tuuli's life. Partly by coincidence, partly on purpose, the two develop a close relationship. At the same time she is planning the best way to revenge her husband and his lover.Written by
Black ice is a strong film, with excellent characterisation, plot development, and filming; in fact it won seven Finnish Jussi (film industry) awards in 2008 including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Editing, Best Music, and Best Actress. The wife who is misled by her husband decides to play a complex game, but as the plot unfolds she develops dual feelings of both friendship and revenge towards her husband's mistress. Our feelings towards the mistress are bounced around too because she is quite happy to be a participant in the plot of deception she and the husband are engaged in, but then we find she herself becomes an unknowing target in the wife's plan of deception. The wife seems to have a fondness for knives (kitchen, gym props, and scalpels) and this gives the film a further degree of bite. Which of the 'friend or foe' feelings held by the wife will be triumphant by the end of this very fine film?
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