In this offbeat comedy from Finland, 25-year-old musician Turo is stuck in a rut in his small village. The only source of enjoyment in his life is being the lead vocalist for “Impaled Rektum,” his amateur heavy metal band that has spent 12 years rehearsing covers in a basement without actually writing a song or playing an actual gig.
“The best comedy of the year and one of the best music films in decades.” – Robert Daniels, 812 Film Reviews
To make matters worse, Turo must compete with the smarmy local lounge singer for the affections of Miia, who works in the local flower shop, while dodging taunts and threats from other villagers, including Miia’s intimidating policeman father. So, when fate intervenes with a visit from the promoter of Northern Damnation (Norway’s biggest metal festival), and he offers them a slot in the line-up, the guys decide that it’s now or never. They steal a van and flee to Norway for their first real gig, embarking on a crazed road trip that will involve metal mania, grave robbing, a new drummer from the local mental hospital, Viking heaven, and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway. Will their dreams of stardom actually come true? Maybe, maybe not, but at least they’re giving it a shot, and as one character colorfully puts it, “It’s better to s**t yourself than to be forever constipated.” (Dir. by Juuso Laatio & Jukka Vidgren, 2018, Finland/Norway, in Finnish/English/Norwegian with English subtitles, 92 mins., Not Rated