Friday, June 23, 2006

Man Seeking Man / Mies etsii miestä

Seppo, a middle-aged man living alone in a small apartment, answers a personal ad and makes a date. At the appointed time, his doorbell rings, and he finds a young man with a huge rucksack asking, "Do you know who I am?" Seppo assumes that it's the man from the personal ad, and proceeds with his clumsy efforts at seduction, realizing only when the actual blind date arrives that the first man was in fact his estranged son.

Man Seeking Man captures the awkwardness of a 50-year-old man venturing into the gay dating scene, and deftly plays out the mistaken identity angle. Worth seeing.

Man Seeking Man (Mies etsii miestä), dir. Matti Harju, 2004 Finland, 10 min., in Finnish with English subtitles

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