7.0/10
1,828
22 user 21 critic

A Moment in the Reeds (2017)

Trailer
1:51 | Trailer
Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent ... See full summary »

Director:

Mikko Makela

Writers:

Mikko Makela, Janne Puustinen (poem)
Reviews
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janne Puustinen ... Leevi
Boodi Kabbani Boodi Kabbani ... Tareq
Mika Melender ... Jouko
Virpi Rautsiala Virpi Rautsiala ... Pirjo
Learn more

More Like This 

Mario I (2018)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two young football players get caught up between the politics of the game and the politics of love.

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, Jessy Moravec
Just Friends (TV Movie 2018)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

6 time Award winning romantic comedy about two young men, from mixed backgrounds, falling love ...and their clashes with their overbearing mothers.

Director: Annemarie van de Mond
Stars: Majd Mardo, Josha Stradowski, Jenny Arean
Screwed (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Screwed (orig. Pihalla) is a Finnish drama film, where seventeen year olds Miku and Elias find themselves, and each other, during a summer in the Finnish countryside. Love is not as easy as it seems.

Director: Nils-Erik Ekblom
Stars: Mikko Kauppila, Valtteri Lehtinen, Sanna Majuri
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Gabriel has just moved in with his colleague, Juan. Shy and reserved, Gabo is reluctant to follow Juan's wandering hands and meaningful looks.

Director: Marco Berger
Stars: Gaston Re, Alfonso Barón, Malena Irusta
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lorenzo is a quiet teenager who lives with his parents and his younger brother in small city in the Argentinean Patagonia. One day, a family friend's son named Caíto moves south and settles... See full summary »

Director: Martín Deus
Stars: Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Stars: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla
A Brother (Video 2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

15 year old Tom is going to spend another calm summer with his parents and younger sister at their summer house. But by fate, another family comes to spend some time with them, with their 17 year old son Felix.

Directors: Martin Escoffier, Victor Habchy
Stars: Simon Royer, Marin Lafitte, Oriane Barbaza
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Szabolcs quits football against his father's will and returns to his country in Hungary to take charge of an inheritance from his grandfather. There, he meets Aron and they both explore their identities.

Director: Ádám Császi
Stars: András Sütö, Ádám Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky
I Am Jonas (TV Movie 2018)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two moments of Jonas's life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1995, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life.

Director: Christophe Charrier
Stars: Félix Maritaud, Nicolas Bauwens, Tommy-Lee Baïk
Hidden Away (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ibrahim, a 14-year-old Moroccan boy, walks down a road in the outskirts of a big city alone and disoriented. Recently informed that he will be deported in two days, he packed his belongings and ran away. He is now alone with no place to go.

Director: Mikel Rueda
Stars: Germán Alcarazu, Adil Koukouh, Joseba Ugalde
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two men meet in Barcelona and after spending a day together they realize that they have already met twenty years ago.

Director: Lucio Castro
Stars: Juan Barberini, Ramon Pujol, Mía Maestro
Esteros (2016)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two boyhood chums, separated soon after sexually awakening together, re-meet as young men with unspoken sexual tensions lying between them.

Director: Papu Curotto
Stars: Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini, Joaquín Parada
Edit

Storyline

Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi's father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The main character has gone abroad (to France) not only to study, but because of uncertainty about his home life: the director (Mikko Makela) similarly also left his country (Finland) which caused "a rediscovery and exploration of many of those aspects of Finnish culture and society which I vehemently rejected growing up and [so] leaving." from director's 'statement' on inside cover of Finnish DVD issue.] See more »

Goofs

At the 1:37:03 mark, when Tareq is angrily packing his belongings. See more »

User Reviews

 
Sensitive- Intelligent-Gay Love Story
3 March 2019 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

Great to see intelligent scripts and good production and direction in GLBTQI Cinema. A Moment In The Reeds, while obviously a Gay Love Story I think could an should be seen by any audience of any sexual orientation.

It's a 2017 Prize Winner from Finland , partly in subtitles but mostly In English. The three actors are Janne Puustinen as Leevi the Art Student returning home from Paris to assist his moody disapproving father renovate the family and his childhood cottage in Finnish Midsummer.

Boodi Kabbani is Tareq a handsome Syrian refugee who's been employed by Leevi's Dad Jouko as a labourer, even though in his own country he's a qualified architect and it's eventually obvious to Jouko not only that Tareq is highly skilled but also that Levi and Tareq have more in common than carpentry.

There's much more to this film than the attraction of the young men , anyone worried about the male sex scenes note the ratings . Sex and Nudity :moderate Violence and Gore :None Profanity : None Alcohol and Drugs /Smoking :mild Frightening/Inttnce scenes : none

It's contemporary setting shows the difference and difficulty of refugees trying to start a new life in a very foreign and suspicious culture and the deep rift that many Gay men experience with a parent or parents that just won't accept their children for who the are. It's interesting to me that with a some good exceptions European GLBTQ1 films are of a much higher quality and able to reflect stories that while obviously are aimed at The Queer film audiences also can resonate with any open minded progressive audience


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

UK | Finland

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Akimirka tarp nendrių See more »

Filming Locations:

Savitaipale, Finland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wild Beast Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed