Finland | 2014 | 72 minutes | Virpi Suutari
An elderly married couple have an expansive garden in Finland. As we are given a tour of the grounds we also hear the touching memories and stories behind their beautiful romance. Set in verdant oases, Garden Lovers is a delicate display of life’s quirky musings and the significance that gardens play in the grand scheme of being.
May 17, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas
|11:00 AM||Date has passed|
June 5, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
|6:00 PM||Date has passed|
June 8, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
|4:15 PM||Date has passed|
This beautifully sweet botanical documentary takes its time hopping between households of various married couples and their gardenscapes in Finland’s lush countryside. The tender appreciation of nature and relationships is made palpable with Garden Lovers’ honest portrayal of life’s stillness and the peculiarities of what it is to be human. Through idiosyncratic glimpses of their daily lives, elderly couples impart wisdom about love and remind us of life’s fickle nature, but don’t be fooled—though it moves at a gentle pace and is cut with introspective silences, Garden Lovers incites a chuckle here and there with unexpected moments of silliness. A younger couple is introduced, from birds-eye view, streaking through their garden and wearing what can only be described as white Smurf hats. In another garden, an elderly couple measures pumpkins they’re growing for the ‘largest pumpkin’ competition; pumpkins the wife has lovingly named Plumpy, Chubby, and Cherish. Set in verdant oases, Garden Lovers is a delicate display of life’s quirky musings and the significance that gardens play in the grand scheme of being.
Virpi Suutari is a film director and documentarian whose films have been seen and awarded in many festivals. Suutari has also been a member of several festival juries and is also on the board at the European Film Academy.
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|Premier Status:||North American Premiere|
|Running Time:||72 minutes|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Tampere Film Festival 2014 (Best Finnish Doc)|
|Filmography:||Hilton! (Doc, 2013); Auf Wiedersehen Finnland (Doc, 2010); Along the Road Little Child (Doc, 2005); Joutilaat (Doc, 2001); Valkoinen Taivas (Doc, 1998)|
|International Sales:||Autlook Filmsales|