If “Twin Peaks” were shot hand-held and set in the Finnish countryside, it would resemble Janne Kuusi’s “Flowers & Binding,” an offbeat black comedy whose quirky humor remains mesmerizing until the script flounders in the second half. Centered on bizarre characters at a small town sausage factory, pic’s opening scenes are not for weak-stomached vegetarians. Story will probably ring more bells for local auds, although Kaurismaki regular Outi Maenpaa is eminently enjoyable. Home biz was high. Finding the right auds further afield will be the challenge.
Town stud Jyrki (Simo Routarinne) makes it his business to seduce every woman within radar distance of his sausage factory. Keeping wife Gitta (Sari Siikander) satisfied while also pleasing co-worker Kaisa (Sari Havas) isn’t a problem, although Gitta catches him in flagrante with trashy cleaning lady Eve (Maenpaa), both half-naked and smeared with chocolate covered creme puffs. A couple of angry hubbies go further than anticipated in teaching him a lesson, but Jyrki proves resilient. Too many writers may explain the scenes out of left field and the weak ending. Nonetheless, Maenpaa went home with the best actress “Jussi” for her brassy perf.