Family Time

Category: feature
Director: Tia Kouvo
Producer: Jussi Rantamäki
Emilia Haukka
Country: Finland, Sweden
Year: 2023
Length: 116'
Production Status: completed


Beneath the sheen of holiday cheer, family gatherings can be stews of private resentments, regret and unspoken histories. Finnish director Tia Kouvo turns her camera’s unsparing gaze on an extended family, who converge at a rustic cottage at the edge of a gorgeous, snow-capped wood for the Christmas season. Droning everyday chatter and mundane family rituals give way to a hothouse of deeper tensions, in this surgical exploration of suffocating private spaces. Sidestepping the usual salacious reveals, Family Time instead mines deadpan comedy and melancholy from things that cannot be easily said.
(Sydney Film Festival 2023)

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