“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?” “Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.” 

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy





21 - with a great sidekick, every movie is better

Amanda Collins

Just home from seeing a fun Finnish movie - 21 ways to ruin a marriage (21 tapaa pilata avioliitto) at Palace Cinema Como.

Apart from being right out of my language depth (which was a fun trip in itself), the quirky story was enjoyably distracting.

The gorgeous Armi Toivanen

The gorgeous Armi Toivanen

The striking Armi Toivanen is Sanna, the academic who analyses marriages, filming and interviewing couples every year and developing a list of what it is that makes marriages fail. Her harsh methods make it hard for her to keep assistants, who find the whole sordid business depressing.
Her best buddy is Aino, Essi Hellén, a desperately single forensic pathologist who spends her life extracting predictions from the radio, cookery books, or whatever comes to hand. While I enjoyed the story of Sanna, I was equally distracted by Aino and her crazy, crazy life.

 Essi Hellén does a fantastic job of Aino, the eccentric best friend.

 Essi Hellén does a fantastic job of Aino, the eccentric best friend.

Talking about it afterwards with my moviegoing associate, we agreed that often a good buddy in a film can often be a lot more quirky than the main character, who, after all, has to get on with her life and follow a proper story arc. A supporting actress can be a different size from the norm, be more rude, often funnier than the main character, and can generally let go a little bit more. I'm thinking Judy Greer in 27 dresses, Tracey Ullman in I could Never be your Woman, and of course, Rosie O'Donnell in Sleepless in Seattle.

This is, of course, just a theory, developed over a glass of red wine, and confirmed during the drive home. If it is actually true, then that means that I'm the wacky sidekick in the movie of my own life. Makes a heap of sense. Go figure.

Anyway, the Scandinavian Film Festival is on at the moment at Palace Cinemas in Melbourne from 11-20 July. See you there!