Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The SWITCH team has checked out their top picks from the Perth Festival - click here to check out the reviews.x
review, Stupid Young Heart, Stupid, Young, Heart, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Jere Ristseppä, Rosa Honkonen, Ville Haapasalo, Abshir Sheik Nur, Pihla Viitala, Katja Küttner, Aamu Milonoff, Selma Vilhunen, Drama

STUPID YOUNG HEART

★★

IRRESPONSIBLE TEENS WITH NO CONSEQUENCES

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
9th June 2019

When a 15-year-old couple in Finland find themselves unexpectedly pregnant, it becomes a tale of tough choices while still struggling with identity and relationships. Kiira (Rosa Honkonen) is a beautiful young girl who loves her dance group, her friends and having fun - they’re all an escape from her life in a tiny apartment with her mum and three much younger siblings. Lenni (Jere Ristseppä) is constantly picked on for being small and skinny, while also struggling with the lack of a male role models thanks to a father who bailed when his mum was pregnant. While still young and naïve, Kiira approaches her pregnancy one day at at a time, seeing it as an eventual escape from her mother and current home life. Meanwhile, Lenni finds a confidant in Janne (Ville Haapasalo), a local man who ushers Lenni into his martial arts class and group of friends. They turn out to be bitter right-wingers who have set their sights on the local Muslim population to vent their anger and racism.

'STUPID YOUNG HEART' TRAILER

Director Selma Vilhunen (‘Little Wing’) and screenwriter Kirsikka Saari never present a clear point of view, and nor is one revealed at the film’s conclusion. Is racism bad? Nature verses nurture? The boys are never indoctrinated, they only ever sit on the outskirts because they enjoy the company but are never a true member of the bandwagon. Any racist prose they spout is simply repeating what they hear with no real conviction behind their words. Is teen pregnancy good? Bad? Irresponsible? Fortunate? A lack of education? An inevitability due to home lives or socioeconomic background? Between this and the racism, no true consequences are met. As an audience member I need to feel something, even if it’s the opposite of what the story is trying to tell me. Am I happy for these kids? Disappointed? Do I worry? What protocols do they have in Finland for such a circumstance?

While the film highlights incredibly important and tough social issues they’re undercooked and therefore lack any real punch.

‘Stupid Young Heart’ isn’t even a slice-of-life film, because it follows two set characters whom we’re told have less than idillic childhoods, but we’re never privy to deep and meaningful conversations expressing how they feel about their situation or each other - just small glimpses that don’t pan out. While the film highlights incredibly important and tough social issues, they’re undercooked and therefore lack any real punch. The story also gets you slightly offside from the beginning when Kiira seeks peace and quiet in the arms of men, but in order to escape the chaos of life with children she... decides to have one herself? It’s established that she’s had at least one previous abortion, so she doesn’t have a fear or moral stance against the idea. So why doesn't she choose to have one now? Frustrating questions, with no answers.

While the events of ‘Stupid Young Heart’ are sad, concerning and engaging enough, it’s ultimately a futile journey.

FAST FACTS
AKA: Hölmö Nuori Sydän
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 42m
CAST: Jere Ristseppä
Rosa Honkonen
Ville Haapasalo
Abshir Sheik Nur
Pihla Viitala
Katja Küttner
Aamu Milonoff
DIRECTOR: Selma Vilhunen
WRITER: Kirsikka Saari
PRODUCERS: Elli Toivoniemi
Venla Hellstedt
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
The Keep - Michael Mann's cult gothic thriller hits DVD for the first time ever!
TRENDINGWIN THE KEEPMichael Mann's cult gothic thriller hits DVD for the first time ever!
Gemini Man - Seeing double with Will Smith's action thriller
TRENDINGWIN GEMINI MANSeeing double with Will Smith's action thriller
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
Underwater - A solid subaquatic monster mash
TRENDINGUNDERWATERA solid subaquatic monster mash
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
1917 - Sam Mendes' personal war story
TRENDING1917Sam Mendes' personal war story
The Violin Player - Sex and strings
TRENDINGTHE VIOLIN PLAYERSex and strings
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - Mr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
TRENDINGA BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOODMr Rogers: healing the world one lost soul at a time
School's Out - The children know too much
TRENDINGSCHOOL'S OUTThe children know too much
True History of the Kelly Gang - A magnificent deconstruction of the great Australian antihero
TRENDINGTRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANGA magnificent deconstruction of the great Australian antihero
Perth Festival 2020 - The reviews
TRENDINGPERTH FESTIVAL 2020The reviews
In My Blood It Runs - An eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
TRENDINGIN MY BLOOD IT RUNSAn eye-opening tale of struggling Indigenous youth
Her Smell - She's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
TRENDINGHER SMELLShe's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
The Land Before Time - 30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
TRENDINGTHE LAND BEFORE TIME30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
TRENDINGDOUBLE LOVERSoftcore pornography for cinephiles
Bad Boys For Life - Whatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
TRENDINGBAD BOYS FOR LIFEWhatcha gonna do when there's nothing new
A Guide to Second Date Sex - A quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
TRENDINGA GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEXA quintessentially awkward British romantic comedy
The Best of 2019 - Our top five films of the year
TRENDINGTHE BEST OF 2019Our top five films of the year
Bangla - A truly beautiful mess
TRENDINGBANGLAA truly beautiful mess
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us