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The film tells the story of actress Leila who flees to a summer house after a disastrous premier. Like Tena’s “Body of Water,” much of the action in “The Good Son” takes place in a setting which will be familiar to regional audiences.
“When I started to think about the story, I already had pictures in my mind where it would be set, so it comes very naturally of course because I am Finnish and I know these settings and landscapes, and I wanted to have that isolated feeling,” Bergroth said.
Joined by her family and friends, Leila has to cope with the emotions of an overly-protective son who sees her new boyfriend as a threat to the mother-son relationship.
Bergroth says “The Good Son” was well received in Toronto, despite the complexities of making the challenging Finnish-language dialogue accessible in subtitle form.
In recent years, a number of Nordic films, TV shows and actors have made the crossover to success in the U.S. or UK. The most high-profile though have been Swedish or Danish productions with “Let The Right One In”, “Wallander” and “The Killing” enjoying English-language remakes; while Alexander Skarsgard _ who plays a brooding Viking vampire in HBO’s True Blood _ is perhaps the most high profile Nordic actor currently working in the U.S.
“It’s going quite well at the moment for Finnish films,” Bergroth says. “And I think the younger film makers are maybe getting more brave, they are taking over new genres. They are trying to make horror films or comedies and even fantasy films. And we have this very long reputation of being serious and big drama people and I think this is very healthy for the industry that we have different genres.”
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