A man and a woman are sitting on a coach, contem­plating their rela­tion­ship. He feels empty. She feels rejected and wants to be surprised. He says: Je moet ook eens de boel de boel laten’ (Just leave things as they are). She is unfa­miliar with this Dutch expres­sion and becomes obstreperous. In a coun­ter­move, she starts talking Finnish. Bull’s eye! The woman is the director of this film, the man her husband-composer who wrote the sound­track. With her docu­men­tary Family Files (2002), Mari Soppela already dipped into the emotion­ally charged history of her family. Home Record­ings is even more personal. An assorted mosaic of images from her ten-year marriage reveals playful happi­ness, the joy for their chil­dren and weari­some worries. Today, the most trivial incon­ve­nience may spark a row that has to be resolved in therapy. By making this film, we share our inti­macy with the world, but we haven’t managed to share it with each other’, Soppela says some­where. Or have we just started?’ Yes, a lot has happened,’ her husband says. The irri­ta­tions provide the raw mate­rial for a song.

Title: Home Recordings
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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