Elvis & Onerva (2019)

Mikael Syrjälä’s fresh debut breathes and sways skillfully in the fragile scenery of youth.

Onerva (Mimosa Willamo) is getting used to a life with her father in a new town. In her new school she makes friends quickly and soon notices that she is attracted to the class’ heartthrob Elvis (Johannes Brotherus). There are sparks between the two, and, Elvis and Onerva end up kissing at the end of a party. Under pressure Elvis ends up exaggerating the truth, which leads to misunderstandings and unexpected consequences.

Syrjäläs’ film navigates skillfully in the teenage world and portraits them as humane and fragile beings. It delves with skill into how teenagers have to handle even serious issues either alone or among themselves and how lies and actions can cast a long shadow in a small community if there is no intervention. The film also brings up the themes of toxic masculinity and consent in a painfully accurate and current manner.

Iina Fagerlund

  • Orig. title: Elvis & Onerva
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus
  • Print source: Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus
  • Cinematography: Samuli Ahonen
  • Editing: Anna Nuuros
  • Music: Mikko Renfors
  • Sound: Toni Ilo, Jani Nikander
  • Production design: Oona Koriala