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Matti and his friend Niila, who is an unusually quiet boy feeling bad because his father is abusing him grow up in Pajala in the 60's. They share the interest in music since the day Niila got a vinyl single with the song "Rock and Roll Music" and they played it on Matti's sister's gramophone. It's the same day they also share another thing that matters to history: a kiss. Although they are just "innocent" prepubertal children, the narrator does not let us forget that part. Fast-forwarding to high school and Matti has begun to be interested in girls and women and browsing frantically in porn magazines as soon as he gets hold of one. But Niila does not seem at all interested in girls, he is only interested in guitar playing and to escape from the small-town mistress à la Fucking Åmål.Written by
"Populärmusik från Vittula" is a lovingly made and beautifully staged movie, brimful with really exciting, amusing, disturbing, and most of all NEW and interesting faces, folks and scenes.
Well worth seeing, but i strongly recommend to read the book before watching the film, because the book's author Mikael Niemi puts major emphasis on loving observation - his unique strength - and all time-line-bound events are connected and interwoven by the narrators's humorous, skillful reflections. While the entire novel lives on this unique subjective density, the screenplay fails to regenerate this surreal yet all-too-real atmosphere, and spawns a scrumptious roundabout of kaleidoscopic, more or less detached incidents. Partially, it even felt like someone's trying to affirm or authenticate the author's contemplations. A somewhat oblique effort, fit to entertain but also irritate the unprepared beholder.
Compared to what is called mainstream these days, "Populärmusik från Vittula" is a step in the proper direction. OK, it rides the book's wave of success, but the heck, it was simply about time for a movie like that!
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