Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

The European Union Film Festival 2014 - Part 6

See also

The 17th annual European Union Film Festival is at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It’s one of my favorite film events of the year, and I’ll give some quick capsule reviews on the films I manage to see throughout the fest.

Mika Kaurismäki’s Road North (Tie Pohjoiseen) (Finland, 2012) is a pretty conventional dramedy – a dour concert pianist (Samuli Edelmann), who is very near to losing his own family, is paid a visit from the now old-and-unconventional rascal father who abandoned him as a small child (Vesa-Matti Loiri, an extraordinarily successful comic actor and singer in Finland). A road trip, of course, ensues. There isn’t much here to recommend narratively, but the film is a good example of how non-American comedies routinely trust subtext over schtick and character development over gags and repetition. For all of the ‘lessons’ inherent in the story, it’s surprisingly unsentimental; no one is outrightly humiliated for their conformity (or lack thereof), and what redemption may exist at its conclusion is by no means a sure thing. It’s a pleasantly diverting little family saga that’s less about its formulaic good ideas than it is about avoiding the conventionally bad ones.

‘Road North’ screens on Friday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 1st at 8:00 p.m.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Weird Al
    'Weird Al' Yankovic gains his first number one album with 'Mandatory Fun'
    Music Buzz
  • LeBron James
    Frank Caliendo channels Morgan Freeman when reading LeBron James' letter
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • NFL jerseys
    New York Giants and Jets fail to breach NFL's top 25 in jersey sales
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Bad Company
    Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd deliver a double dose of hits at the Blossom Music Center
    Camera
    20 Photos