Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Good Son (Hyvä poika)


Year: 2011
Country: FINLAND
Run Time: 87 minutes

The Good Son
The Good Son

With stunning performances by both veteran Elina Knihtilä and newcomer Samuli Niittymäki, THE GOOD SON details the disturbing relationship between a self-absorbed, washed-up actress and the son she has raised as a bodyguard, servant, and unseemly companion. Leila Manner needs constant attention, and she knows how to get it. When she escapes with her two sons to her lake house after a bad publicity ordeal, it is quickly revealed not only how unstable she is, but also how it has affected both boys—Ilmari, a jealous, protective, hostile teenager who seems to be under Leila's spell, and Unto, a distanced existential young boy who spends most of his time behind a camera lens. When Leila invites a new man named Aimo into their home, tension between him and Ilmari gradually builds until it reaches an uncomfortable, foreboding precipice, threatening to send Ilmari over the edge. Will Leila realize what she has done before it's too late? (In Finnish with subtitles) – M.M.

The Good Son (Hyvä poika)

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Monday, March 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM

United Airlines World Tour

Zaida Bergroth

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Zaida Bergroth is a Finnish-born writer and director who graduated with a Master's of Art degree from Aalto University's College of Art and Design. She has received a number of awards for her short films, as well as the Flash Forward Award for her first feature film at the 2009 Busan International Film Festival.

Select Filmography
"Last Cowboy Standing" (2009), THE GOOD SON (2011)

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