a bit scary really...

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

2005, 07:47 minutes, colour, Finnish with English Subtitles

TAPECODE 1011.01

Unintentional comedy arising from the efforts of a man and woman engaged in felling a tree. The city-folk tackle the problem with a lack of inhibition and with curiosity. Conventional gender roles are put to the test. At the heart of the piece is the home-spun dialogue between the man and woman, revealing the way they understand each other in spite of the elliptical nature of the way they communicate.

The comedy is highlighted by the fact that the hum-drum language is seen in the form of text over the picture in both the Finnish and the English language versions.

Quick jumps in cutting together with the immobility of the picture format emphasise the documentary feel of the piece. It is the simple and formalised sound expression used for the couple’s speech and the motor-saw that brings out the authenticity of their activity.

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