NIMBY - Not in My Backyard

Teemu Nicki
Finland, 2020, 94 Min

A shoot-out in the provinces. A family reunion at which all expectations of common decency go unmet, taboos come to light and prejudices are cultivated. Here several worlds collide: Hetero and homo, polygamous and monogamous, cosmopolitan and provincial, vegan and alcoholic, Christian and Muslim, Finnish and German, and they all have it out for one another in this comedy about a divided society.

Mervi travels to her parents to introduce them to her girlfriend, the German-Iranian Kata, in a coming out of sorts. At home she catches her parents red-handed; they are now in an open relationship with another couple, too much even for the open-minded, tolerant Mervi. Especially since the son of the other couple is neo-Nazi metal-head Mika, with whom Mervi has a shared past from her adolescent years. The situation comes to a head when the village Nazis besiege the house in order to drive away Kata's mother, the European Commission's refugee officer. Ultimately however, friendship proves stronger than ideology. And thus it's ultimately Mika of all people who saves the ragtag family from this act of collective hostage-taking in this offbeat and fast-paced comedy that, under its rough-and-ready surface, is suggestive of a wealth of approaches towards social-moral issues.

Teemu Nikki, Jani Pösö
Sari Aaltonen
Tuomas Seppänen
Matti Näränen
Santtu Toivola
Janne Huttunen
Susanna Pukkila, Almila Bagriacik, Elias Westerberg, Matti Onnismaa
Jani Pösö
It's Alive Films
It's Alive Films
Arttu Manninen
Teemu Nicki

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