JP Passi & Jukka Kärkkäinen
Finland | 2012 | 90 min
Language : Finnish
Subtitle : English

Finland’s most notorious punk group is called Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät and consists of four members, all with mental health problems. At improvised rehearsals and concerts, Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi film the private life of these musicians, who scream their pain while remaining perfectly integrated within Finnish society – like a jam session of sound and fury, on the borders of normality.

The punk movement has proliferated around Helsinki, to the point of becoming a “syndrome”. Not in the medical sense, but according to the Greek meaning of the word: ‘sundromé’= gathering. Because Finland’s most notorious punk group, Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät, consists of four members, all intellectually disabled. Toni, the drummer, still lives with his parents (who wander around their flat wearing ear protectors when their son is rehearsing!).  Sami, the bass player, has sympathies with a centre-right political party. Pertti, the singer guitarist, prefers Beethoven to the Sex Pistols. Kari sometimes starts bawling an improvised song because he doesn’t want to go and see his chiropodist. Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi have recorded the tribulations of these musicians, who are perfectly integrated into Finnish society. It is quite something seeing Pertti, in his best suit, shaking the hand of the nation’s president, shortly before letting rip with some furious riffs at a country festival. Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome)? A “jam session” of sound and fury on the fringes of normality.

Emmanuel Chicon

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