General · 13th February 2011
Friday, February 18, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre, Friday Flicks presents The House of Branching Love. This comedy is in Finnish with English subtitles and is rated 18A.
Premiering at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, director Mika Kaurismaki’s rambunctious comedy The House of Branching Love is the sort of “Divorce, Finnish Style” that follows the breakup of a thirty-something professional couple. Juhani (Hannu-Pekka Bjorkman) is a family therapist, and his wife, Tuula (Elina Knihtila), a successful business trainer. They’re determined to keep things amicable until they sell their house, but when Juhani brings home a girl he picks up at a club, Tuula loses it. The very next day, she brings home her own conquest in retaliation. Emotions long thought dead reappear, and the war escalates precipitously when Juhani begins searching for someone to make Tuula equally jealous.
A wonderfully offbeat comedy rife with deadpan absurdity, The House of Branching Love provides ample proof that there’s nothing funnier, or scarier, than matters of the heart.
“A hilarious and harrowing exercise in marriage prevention”- John Anderson, Variety