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EUFF: Finland | Wonderland

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Inari Niemi, 2017 | 92mins

From Finnish director Inari Niemi comes Wonderland, a poignant and emotionally complex film that takes place during the familiar holiday of Christmas. The film centres on Helena, a middle-aged woman who quickly becomes disenchanted with her life when her husband leaves her for a much younger woman. Encouraged to experience a wholesome and cheerful Christmas by her optimistic and single friend Ulli, both women are whisked away to an innovative and secluded bed-and-breakfast in the Finnish countryside, ran by a couple named Unna and Tuure. Although on the surface everything seems jovial and familial, it isn’t long before the group of adults confide in each other, revealing their fatigued outlooks on life in general. Featuring enticing and Jussi Award nominated performances from Finnish actresses Milka Ahlroth (Helena) and Anna Paavilainen (Unna), Wonderland acts as a thought provoking multi-character study, providing a unique look in to the complex lives of Finnish adults.

Presented with English subtitles.

Ce film émouvant et complexe sur le plan émotionnel se passe au coeur de la saison de Noël. Le film met en lumière Helena, une femme dans la cinquantaine qui devient rapidement désenchantée de sa vie lorsque son mari la quitte pour une plus jeune. Encouragée à vivre un Noël chaleureux et joyeux par son amie optimiste et célibataire, Ulli, les deux femmes sont transportées dans un café-couette idiosyncratique et retiré dans la campagne finnoise, tenu par un couple aux noms d’Unna et Tuure. Bien qu’à la surface, tout semble jovial et familial, le groupe se met vite à se confier les uns aux autres, révélant alors des choses surprenantes, voire choquantes.

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