Neljä pientä aikuista Four Little Adults
Four Little Adults is a touching and humane portrait of grown-ups with growing pains.
Juulia is a successful Member of the Parliament with a seemingly perfect marriage with her priest husband Matias. But when Juulia finds out Matias has had a year-long affair with Enni, she collapses. To save her marriage, Juulia invites Enni to be a part of their lives, and they start a polyamorous relationship. When Juulia explores the new rules, she falls in love with young Miska, who seems to be the most mature of the quartet. There is a lot of love in the relationships among the four, but no matter how hard they try, challenges seem to remain.
“The result is a brilliant comedy, at times dramatic, at times pathetic (as it should be when it comes to heartbreak) that overturns stereotypes and certainties and brings into play the sacredness of tradition./…/ Four Little Adults is the child of a cinema that has the measure of things, that tackles today’s problems with lightness and depth and that manages to maintain a certain brilliance without the desire to overdo it. Honest cinema, if cinema should be honest – this is no small feat.”
“One of the film’s pleasures is its mix of humor and pathos. It’s as though every absurd situation emerges from or leads to a profound question./…/ Four Little Adults’s indictment of traditional monogamy is at times wonderfully Bergmanesque. Except here the filmmaker doesn’t stop at the suffering. And despite the freeing queerness of the arrangements, it’s women and the non-binary who end up doing all of the thinking, and most of the suffering. Vilhunen isn’t very interested in the poetics of feminine pain, but in the possibilities that grow from feminine dissatisfaction once a woman dares to end its naturalization by displacing, and multiplying, her sources of enjoyment.”
“This entertaining rom-com offers a freshly subversive, anti-bourgeois twist on the genre.”
“An engaging polyamory drama.”
“Selma Vilhunen’s well-heeled, bittersweet comedy of manners Four Little Adults charts the tangled lives of a married couple seeking to embrace a new way of loving. Thoughtful and amusing, it adds a contemporary twist to what might once have been fertile ground for a Billy Wilder or a Denys Arcand. Questions of happiness, fidelity and fulfillment are handled with fond understanding. /…/ Vilhunen brings a great generosity of spirit to her characters and the situations in which they find themselves.”
- Selma Vilhunen