I love Finnish movies, I think I subconsciously give them an extra point in my movie ratings simply because they’re Finnish (I just saw Paha Maa, amazing film). It’s really cool to see films set in buildings and on streets that I visit regularly, or set in a very generic Finnish countryside setting which we all know and love very well. How often can you say that about American films? Every once in a while a film will take place in Baltimore, I’ll say, “Oh I know where that is!!”, then they zoom in and it suddenly looks more like Vancouver, Canada.
Finnish movies can be quite depressing and disturbing though, more depressing and disturbing than normal American films. Finnish films always seem to throw in bizarre sex scenes, couples cheating, drunken behavior, depressed people, dismal settings… Normally these things wouldn’t bother me when watching a film, but they do when watching a Finnish film.
At first I thought the directors included these “shocking” scenes because they were on a small budget and didn’t have the special effects or big name actors to “wow” the audience. But now I think I get disturbed because all these scenes take place in neighborhoods I know well, with people that could easily be my neighbors.
When I watch an American film I think, “Oh that’s just some Hollywood nonsense” and it doesn’t relate to me. But Finnish films seem all too real, it’s often more “difficult” to watch a Finnish drama. …Know what I mean? Anyone else feel this way when watching Finnish movies?
But then again, I’m a huge fan of HBO’s “The Wire” which takes place all around Baltimore at locations which I know very well. There’s all sorts of fucked up murders and things that happen on the show thatare VERY true to real life, but it doesn’t affect me.