Ala itke, Iines (1987)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Finland   |  
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In this chaotic jumble of a story, an exemplary product of a school of anarchic filmmaking, a crew of people living on the fringes of Finnish society inhabit a variety of transient abodes, from the attic of a building to a large outbuilding made to hold garbage. Some of the residents earn their place in the community, such as it is, by stealing something to eat from supermarkets, others specialize in theft or welfare fraud. One woman, who plays the bagpipes from her rooftop refuge, is frequently raped by the boyfriend of the title character Iines. However, rape may not be the proper word for these episodes of sexual brutality by the man, for they seem to be tacitly accepted by everyone involved.