On Saturday, September 10, 2011 I attended the gala World Premiere of The Good Son
at the Toronto International Film Festival. The sold-out screening took place at the AMC Yonge & Dundas 24. The film was a selection from Finland in the Discovery section.
A quaint family vacation turns dangerously ugly, threatening to destroy the powerful mother/son bond between Leila and Ilmari that keeps all comers at bay. One of several Oedipal dramas I saw this year, director Zaida Bergroth's film triumphs largely due to its devastatingly authentic performances from Elina Knihtila as B-movie actress on a downward spiral and her protective son Samuli Niittymäki. The violence is hard to watch at times but the film's tender moments make it too powerful to avoid.
Director Zaida Bergroth was joined onstage after the screening for a Q&A by star Samuli Niittymäki and writer Jan Forsström.
Here are some pictures I shot during the Q&A:
Q&A GALLERY (19 photos)