Beauty and the Bastard (2005)

Run Time - 102 min.  |  
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An aspiring singer and a dejected DJ find their tenuous relationship may benefit them both if they can look past their creative aspirations far enough to realize the human component to their dilemma in a coming-of-age romantic comedy directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski. Nelli's parents want her get a solid education and attend medical school, but the young singer has other ideas about what to do with her future. Convinced that if she could just record a demo the record company executives would recognize her talents, Nelli enlists the aid of local DJ Sune in getting her track down on tape. Sune isn't too smooth with the ladies, though, and after making a bet with his friends that he can bed Nelli, the desperate pair soon discovers that in order to get a little, they have to give a little as well. Though their arrangement initially works out so well that Nelli and Sune begin to discover a genuine affection for one and other, Nelli's jealous boyfriend isn't so enthusiastic about the current state of affairs.