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Theo (Hannu-Pekka Björkman) and Vincent (Ville Virtanen) are discussing the ethics of architecture. Picture: Press photo.


Theo’s House (2014), by director and screenwriter Rax Rinnekangas, is a meditative journey into contemplation.

It’s one of those films that leave you thinking about love, life and the shortness of it.

I wish there were more films like this.

It’s a story of two Finnish architects, Theo (Hannu-Pekka Björkman) and Vincent (Ville Virtanen), who are responsible for many of the flat-roofed squared apartment buildings that conquered the suburbs in the ’80s.

Theo thinks the buildings are a disgrace to architecture, but agrees to build the houses anyway. Business is business, assures Vincent.

Seeking solitude

After having a rough patch, Theo, now a middle-aged in the ’90s, seeks solitude from a former castle in East-Germany.

Vincent drops by, and the former business partners dwell into the topics of their career, ethics and forgiveness.

At the same time, Theo begins to design a dream house, not only for himself but also for a woman he has met once, 50 years ago in his childhood.

A trip down the memory lane

Björkman’s role as a man who is suffering from his mistakes while he takes a trip down the memory lane glues your eyes into the screen. The role of Theo is multilayered as we find out there’s a romantic inside him.

Theo’s House features elegant, simple cinematography by Pekka Uotila that relies on the beauty of the nature and the architectural glamour the old castle has.

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Some of the most beautiful scenes include a touching soundtrack.

And some of the most beautiful moments in the film are found somewhere in the mix of fantasy and realism.

Theo’s House is premiering on Friday, February 6 at cinemas across the country.



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