Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Games People Play

Year: 2020
Country: FINLAND
Language: English, Finnish, Swedish
Run Time: 105 minutes

Games People Play
Games People Play
Games People Play

Mitzi is getting a divorce, smoking again, and mostly envisioning a climate apocalypse in her future. It’s also her birthday. When old friends reunite to throw her a surprise party at the seaside cottage they visited in their youth, Mitzi just wants to be left alone. But as the nostalgia sets in and old flames reignite, the thirty-somethings seem to forget their ages and throw off adulthood, even if just for a weekend. What ensues is a comedy of manners and arrested development involving secret hook-ups, mid-life crises, and lots and lots of booze. As old drama and regrets are unearthed, the friends are forced to reckon with their pasts in ways that may affect their vision of the future. Charming performances—including those of Emmi Parviainen and Eero Milonoff (“Border”)—highlight this biting take on a classic setup. Baroque in its music and its emotions, GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a whirlwind debut that stresses the importance of being present...the world could end at any moment, after all. (In English, Finnish, and Swedish with subtitles) — D.O.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Jenni Toivoniemi

Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi

Jenni Toivoniemi

Jarmo Kiuru

Samu Heikkilä

Principal Cast
Eero Milonoff, Christian Hillborg, Laura Birn, Paula Vesala, Emmi Parviainen, Samuli Niittymaki

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