Onni Tommila, below, right) as he counts down the days until Christmas, while real-life Dad (Jorma Tommilla, below, left) guts a slaughtered pig in the front yard. (As my headline advises, don't bring young kids.) Something is afoot on top of the mountain behind their snow-capped home, and father, son and friends soon find themselves involved in a plot to bring back the real.... Ah, but why spoil things?
TrustMovies has never journeyed to Finland). Where this filmmaker takes us and what his characters must accomplish are brilliantly black and funny. As good and rousing as is the thrilling climax, it's the delightful denouement that seals the deal. This smart film is a keeper, one that shows up something like The Human Centipede for the shoddy piece of trash it is. I suspect our plucky young filmmaker may have even created a new genre. Call it Holiday Noir.
Oscilloscope Laboratories, makes its New York debut this Friday at the IFC Center, with further openings across the entire country -- in some 25 cities, major and minor -- throughout all December. (Click here to see the entire roster of cities, dates and theaters.) But what the hell, this movie will still be terrific, maybe even better, during those dogs days of summer.