Beauty and the Bastard

Finnish musical drama "Beauty and the Bastard," about opposites attracting, is plagued by its own internal conflicts. Strong in verbal content but romantically naive, the film seems destined to have trouble finding its targeted teen viewers.

With:
With: Pamela Tola, Samuli Vauramo, Joonas Saartamo, Eero Milonoff, Jussi Nikkila, Elena Leeve, Mikko Kouki.

Finnish musical drama “Beauty and the Bastard,” about opposites attracting, is plagued by its own internal conflicts. Strong in verbal content but romantically naive, the film seems destined to have trouble finding its targeted teen viewers. Best bet for this hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is an American remake, which, wouldn’t seem out of the question given its familiar musical genres and dramatic motifs, and roles that would appeal to tyro Hollywood stars.

Nelli (Pamela Tola, frosty), a talented, privileged brat looking to be the next Beyonce meets Sune (Samuli Vauramo), a promising but uncompromising rap DJ in the offices of a major record companyBut the characters are not sympathetic enough to drive a love story; when opportunity knocks, their instincts are to climb over each other to answer.Dishearteningly, Sune who at first resists the siren song of commercialism eventually comes ’round to Nelli’s point of view. Compromise, after all, is what love is all about. Tech credits are unremarkable.

Beauty and the Bastard

Finland

Production: A Helsinki-Filmi Oy production, in association with Finnkino Oy and the Finnish Film Foundation. (International sales: Intramovies, Rome). Produced by Aleksi Bardy, Riina Hyytia, Olli Haikka. Directed by Dome Karukoski. Writer, Pekko Pesonen.

Crew: Camera (color, HD cam- and Super 16mm-to-35mm, Cinemascope), Pini Hellstedt; editor, Harri Ylonen; music, Jukka Immonen; set designer, Antti Mattila; costume designer, Tarja Saikkonen. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, April 28, 2006 (In Tribeca Film Festival.) Original Finnish title: Tytto sina olet tahti. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Pamela Tola, Samuli Vauramo, Joonas Saartamo, Eero Milonoff, Jussi Nikkila, Elena Leeve, Mikko Kouki.

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