Star Boys is a film about sexual revolution arriving into a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland. It is seen from the viewpoint of two 13-year-olds who are forced to observe their parents’ sexual liberation and its consequences at too close a range.
Two families of architects are being torn apart by the crumbling of moral conceptions and the parents’ endless need for love and freedom. After a fatal toga party, no one and nothing is the same, and the boys’ confusion erupts violently… Even though Star Boys deals with heavy themes, it is ultimately a warm and positive survival story that portrays the persistence and capacity of children to get over the most difficult experiences in life.
Visa Koiso-Kanttila is an acknowledged Finnish documentary film director. Star Boys is Koiso-Kanttila’s debut as a fiction director and screenwriter, and the story of Star Boys is inspired by his own childhood memories from the ’70s.
Finnish Film Catalogue 2017