Tottumiskysymys [Force of Habit] (2019)

Director: Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi
Writer: Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi
Cast: Julia Lappalainen, Veikko Aalste, Tommi Eronen, Joel Hirvonen, Johannes Holopainen, Elina Knihtilä, Krista Kosonen, Seidi Haarla, Jarkko Pajunen, Pirjo Lonka, Ella Lahdenmäki, Niina Hosiasluoma, Samuli Niittymäki, Pinja Sanaksenaho, Eero Ritala, Suvi Blick
Seen on: 21.8.2020

Content Note: rape, sexual assault, rape culture

In several episodes, the film looks at various stories of sexualized violence. There’s Emppu (Julia Lappalainen), an actress who struggles with the rape scene in her play. Hilla (Krista Kosonen) and Kristian (Eero Ritala) are on holidays, when Hilla gets groped and it puts a shadow over their entire trip. Emmi (Suvi Blick) finds herself cornered by a friend after a party. At an office party Katja (Seidi Haarla) mentions that she was assaulted by a colleague, leading to a fall out with her co-workers. Milja (Pinja Sanaksenaho) is chatted up on the bus and things turn ugly. And Aleksi (Johannes Holopainen) is a young attorney who gets handed a rape case on short notice.

Force of Habit takes a look at how society deals with sexual violence, but mostly it focuses on the impact it has on the people who were violated, even when the violation doesn’t seem “so bad”.

The film poster showing the six main characters in pink monochrome and, smaller, three scenes in color.
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Viikossa aikuiseksi [Adult Camp] (2015)

Viikossa aikuiseksi
Director: Johanna Vuoksenmaa
Writer: Johanna Vuoksenmaa
Cast: Minttu MustakallioTaneli MäkeläEppu SalminenIina KuustonenMinna KoskelaEssi HellénJarkko PajunenJarkko NiemiLauri TanskanenAnnaleena Sipilä
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 27.2.2016

Saara (Minttu Mustakallio) just got divorced and needs to get out from the everyday drudgery and, preferably, get laid. So she decides to go on a weekend retreat in the form of a camp: just a group of people who don’t know each other spending some time together on a small island; a summer camp but for adults. But as the heterogenous group realizes, the promotional video might have promised too much and when the camp organizers leaves to take care of his pregnant dog, they are all quite at a loss.

Adult Camp is a funny, sweet film that manages to spend enough time with each of its characters – although the group isn’t small – that everyone gets some character development. It didn’t blow me away, but it was absolutely entertaining.


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