Helsinki International Film Festival

19 Sep

[Photo credit: http://www.finnkino.fi/cinemas/helsinki_kinopalatsi]

Helsinki’s early birthday present to me is its week-long International Film Festival. I have carefully carved out time in my schedule to see at least one movie almost everyday. Over the next week, I’ll be posting some brief impressions about the films I see. I won’t give too much away because I am of the mindset that most movies, even bad ones, are worth watching. My intentions here are to entice, not spoil!

Love Exposure

[Photo credit: fellow blogger, Wondersinthedark.com ]

Yesterday, I watched Director Shion Sono’s Love Exposure, also known as “Ai no mukidashi” in its original Japanese. I did not read much about the film; the title and Japanese director had me at hello. I was actually quite surprised when a movie theater employee announced that there would be a short intermission after two hours, at the movie’s half-way point.

[Photo credit: http://www.hiff.fi/]

As the title implies, this is a love story, but between a pervert and a misfit. The plot is so engrossing and convoluted that for the sake of time, I’m not going to attempt to unpack it. The trailer (below) cues the viewer into some of the subjects addressed–religion and love. Shion also takes on the twisted iterations of these big topics, by examining  the world of pornography and a religious cult. The film is purportedly based on true events. The director’s friend was involved in the porn industry and his sister was briefly part of a cult. A word of warning: there is some blood, but it’s more satire than violence. This trailer does not accurately nails the humorous tone of the film. Love Exposure is witty and self-aware, definitely worth four hours of your life.

The Trailer

The Soundtrack

I looked and looked for the soundtrack for this film because I liked the music so much. Finally, I read somewhere on the internet that there is not a soundtrack to find. Someone kindly listed some of the tracks:

Symphony No7 in A Major Op 92. II Allegre – Beethoven
O lord hear my prayer – by Taize Community – Album Songs of Taize 1
Stay with Us – by Taize Community – Album Songs of Taize 1
With the darkest night – by Taize Community – Album Songs of Taize 1
Adoramus Te Domine – by Taize Community – Album Songs of Taize 1
Hollow Me – by Yura Yura Teikoku – Album Kudo Desu (Theme Song)
Beautiful (Album Version) – by Yura Yura Teikoku – Album Kudo Desu
Bolero – Maurice Ravel
Symphony No 3 – Saint Saens


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3 Responses to “Helsinki International Film Festival”

  1. Nichole September 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    “Love Exposure” has been saved in my netflix queue! Ravel’s Bolero was playing at the beginning of the preview, so I had to include a link to the most amazing Bolero choreography ever, with the incredible Sylvie Guillem dancing the part:

  2. hellosinki September 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I was really excited at first because I thought that this choreography was taking place on a trampoline. It’s still interesting, I guess. And Nikki, you’ve been warned: tons of sex, a little violence and mad weirdness in this movie. Get ready. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

  3. LoveAndSqualor June 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    This really is a great movie!

    I have also been trying to find all the music so I can make a DIY type soundtrack. For anyone else interested, I have figured out that the Beethoven Symphony No7 is the version performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, with Joseph Krips conducting, and that Ravel’s Bolero is performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Stanislaw Sukurovachefusuki conducting. I’m having trouble finding out who performed the Saint-Saens piece however. If anyone know, the information would be appreciated. Thanks!

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