This is a 2002 Finnish film about a man saved by the Salvation Army in a most odd manner. For your reference, here is a wiki summary and Rotten Tomato review. But for my post, let me tell you a few points I enjoyed about the film:
- It is in Finnish — a language I have never heard. I loved the new exposure though I must say, my first impression of the language was not positive. But language aesthetics is simply a matter of personal taste and apparently I have odd tastes in language, because I enjoy: Russian, Arabic, Swedish and German to name a few.
- It was a slow movie with much feeling.
- It showed deep relationships forming with almost no dialogue of any significant content nor any action. This bothered me at first, because I love dialogue and action. But soon, I learned to value the silence. Interesting.
- It showed two people meet through religion, help break its rules and form their own redemption. Though the religion is somewhat ignored, it always played a role. The religion was not obstructive, but deeply helpful.
- It was a film with redemption — one of my favorite themes.
- I spent a summer working in Ocean Grove — Jersey Beach religious town known as “The Queen of Religious Resorts”. My job was as a dishwasher in a large hotel on the beach owned by a Salvation Army family. I found both the town and the religion stifling. This film showed a stuffy Salvation Army too. But the two main characters found redemption in spite of that.
— HT for the recommendation to a Petteri, a Finnish blogger.