Young Gods

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Young Gods Review


From chilly Finland, the land of double vowels and double consonants, comes Young Gods, an exercise in teens-gone-wild voyeurism that has its American correlative in Gregg Araki films such as The Doom Generation. These kids are way ahead of the mostly absent adults when it comes to sexual obsession and, at times, depravity.

At the center of a small group of friends is Taavi (Jussi Nikkilä), who, on the occasion of his 18th birthday inherits the house of his dead parents. Taavi immediately resurrects the place, filling the indoor pool and turning it into a party palace for his friends. He's not the type to be the life of those parties, though. Shy and withdrawn, he mainly sees the world through the viewfinder of the video camera that is always is hands. In fact, he spends most of his time during his first party taping all his friends having wild sex.

The next day he shows the tape to his three best buds Jere (Reino Nordin), Sami (Ville Kivela), and Markus (Jarkko Niemi), and at the urging of the excitable Jere, the four boys decide to form a club devoted to secretly taping all their sexual exploits and then sharing the tapes with the group. Whoever makes the best tape wins a statue. Game on.

Right away it's obvious the shy Taavi isn't going to win, and chubby clumsy Markus may talk a good game, but his technique is to shoot a tape in which the girl can't be seen. The boys quickly realize, of course, that there is no girl there. Taavi has a crush on Jere's sister Reetta (Jenni Banerjee), and she becomes sort of a voice of reason once their little game gets exposed, but it's Sami who has the most exciting success when he manages to bed a much older policewoman Helena (Laura Malmivaara) who he meets when she arrests the group for streaking through Helsinki. Even after Helena finds out about the game she's still turned on.

The boys forge recklessly ahead, and of the four, Jere has the most obsessive attitude toward sex, taking great risks for sexual thrills, including hooking up with an S&M couple who really put him through the wringer while Taavi watches through a window. Hot times in Helsinki!

Unfortunately there's no larger message here. Young Gods is kink for kink's sake. Some "shocking revelations" in Act III push the story toward an interesting conclusion, but let's describe this movie in the most flattering way we can: hot Scandinavian teens having sex.

Aka Hymypoika.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 104 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 2nd December 2004

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 4.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jukka-Pekka Siili

Producer: Aleksi Bardy, Olli Haikka, Riina Hyytia

Starring: Jussi Nikkilä as Taavi, Reino Nordin as Jere, Jarkko Niemi as Markus, Jenni Banerjee as Reetta

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