How does one make a documentary about a person without anybody to tell her story? In Lady Time director Elina Talvensaari finds the story of a woman hidden in her home, buried under the stacks and piles of things. From inside the walls of a Käpylä apartment opens up a moving film about a life that could have otherwise been forgotten.
But as Talvensaari starts to discover new facts about Sirkka-Liisa, not out of nosiness but out of a genuine interest, wanting to acknowledge her existence by getting to know her a little, it’s almost as if she was summoned again in the gentlest possible way. No longer just staring blankly from an old photograph, it’s as if she’s actually talking, through her letters or a diary entry: remembering when she moved in, way back in 1952, and all the people who sometimes stood by her side, with their voices soon joining in as well. “In order to remember her, I would have to know her,” says Talvensaari, and then actually makes an effort to do so, while her children grow up surrounded by trinkets they already consider their own. By the end of it all, she might have just gained a friend. And so will everyone else who happens to see this film.
Marta Bałaga, Cineuropa