Directed by Alli Haapasalo, Girl Picture (OV: Tytöt tytöt tytöt) focuses on three girls, the rebellious Mimmi (Aamu Milonoff), athlete Emma (Linnea Leino), and insecure Rönkkö (Eleonoora Kauhanen).
One night, best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö attend a party where the former meets Emma, an ice skater with dreams of qualifying for the European Championships. Over three consecutive Fridays, Emma and Mimmi quickly strike up a relationship while Rönkkö embarks on meaningless encounters to experience pleasure.
Despite the closeness between Mimmi and Rönkkö, their contrasting love lives slowly cause them to drift apart with little to no moral support – instead, their respective thoughts become the odd joke during their job at a local smoothie bar. Neither are willing to disclose their inner emotional thoughts, which become worse as Mimmi’s relationship with Emma becomes deeper, Emma’s lifelong commitment to skating waivers under pressure, and Rönkkö’s quest for love and butterflies become a series of embarrassing failures. When their respective situations become more than what they expected, the girls each face a new dilemma – whether to chase for what you want or appreciate what you have.
Written by Ilona Ahti and Daniela Hakulinen, Girl Picture doesn’t shy away from how new and different relationships can not only affect people and become overcome by their emotions. Combined with a fast-paced soundtrack, Haapasalo captures the apprehension and confusion of the core cast’s natural performances in a low-key whirlwind of passion and nuance.
Overall, Girl Picture is a beautifully complex coming-of-age story that balances the emotional entanglements of three different girls, delivering a modern take on teen romances.
Director: Alli Haapasalo; Ilona Ahti, Daniela Hakulinen (screenwriters)
Stars: Aamu Milonoff, Eleonoora Kauhanen, Linnea Leino
Runtime: 100 minutes