Concrete Night




96 min



The film is about a young shattered mind. It’s about how a cut becomes a scar, how a scar becomes fear and how fear finally turns into violence. The protagonist of the film is a 14-year-old boy named Simo who has not yet developed a sense of self and the ability to protect himself from his surroundings. He lacks his own identity. Simo and his big brother Ilkka are the sons of a helpless and unpredictable single mother. Their chaotic home is located deep in the heart of a concrete jungle in Helsinki. Ilkka has one day of freedom left before starting a prison sentence, and their mother persuades Simo to spend the last night with his brother. Events heighten throughout that single day and night in Helsinki and the brothers witness incidents they would rather not see. Simo has no ability to distort what he sees or delude himself; he sees things as they really are. When unfiltered, the world seems unbearable. Finally a casual encounter with a photographer, whose intentions Simo misreads, launches him into blind fear, which explodes in panic-stricken violence. In this violence Simo finds his lacking identity, his true face.