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The emotionally broken Sámis finally get back their ancestral heritage that has been taken away from them. The film director Suvi faces the collective pains and starts to break the outside image of the Sámis, not only for herself but for the wellbeing of the whole nation.
The film is set in the Museum world in a turning point. Where the Sámis have to redetermine their relationship to identity, the national museums have to deal with their colonialist history. Suvi follows repatriation processes in different stages. The Finnish National Museum Sámi collection is returning home but the holy drums are stuck in the museums around Europe.
Suvi takes the audience behind the scenes of the museum world where the debate of the othering and cultural inequality is causing inevitable change.
Director Pauliina Punkki sets out to find what happened in the small town of 6,500 people and 12,000 reindeers in Finnish Lapland. How a decision to elect and then dismiss a young feminist female Town Manager from Southern Finland led to a democratic crisis and why they end up with a Town Manager with a conditional jail conviction from the Finnish Supreme Court. This kind of Snowball Effect can happen anywhere, even in this arctic wonderland, known for its international tourism, winter sports and Northern lights.
In the spring of 1986, there is an explosion in Chernobyl and a girl called Mimi arrives in a small village in western Finland. She immediately fills 15-year-old Mariia’s life with radiating light. 20 years later Mariia returns home to take care of her sick mother, and memories of that meaningful summer start rising to the surface.
Julius has a vivid imagination, which worries his parents and his older sister. He is going to start school after the summer, and his family is a bit concerned: how will he fit into the world of school and all its boundaries? Julius’s parents themselves are in the middle of a serious crisis and considering a divorce. Together with his new friend, a “degenerated” vampire Arnold, Julius tries to make a Happiness Stone to solve the issues between his parents and within the family.
Saara and Robert are living a love that is free from traditional conventions and role models. They set off to an extensive summer holiday on a lonely island in the Finnish archipelago where the tension between them escalates and becomes a fight for survival.
An aunt and her niece who have never met before drive to Lapland to empty a house they’ve inherited. Turns out the withdrawn and distrusting aunt had been a victim of the assimilation policies and the niece has to make a big decision. By taking interest in each other they find value in themselves and their roots.
Jenna and Joni, twins, find out that they have a step sister in Iceland. They get to know her and are forced to face also all the possible confusion and jealousy that may be linked to modern families.
It’s Christmas time and the family has gathered. We meet Susanna, a perfectionist working at a department store who is struggling with her feelings and her self-esteem. Helena, Susanna’s sister, a laid-back single mother is looking forward to her son moving out, so she can watch Love Island on her own. Hilla, 12, still knows how to live in the moment but also wants to save the world, starting with her closest ones. Family Time is a humorous and sharp study on family relations; on loneliness and being together; on how we try to find connection, but don’t always succeed.
When Juulia discovers that her husband Matias has an affair with another woman, she decides that, from now on, her marriage with Matias should be polyamorous. While Matias’ lover Hanna is thankful for Juulia’s open mindedness, and ready to explore a new type of relationship, Matias himself is not so sure, nor is his conservative father, the patriarch of the family.
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