Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

SOLITAIRE DANCE

Three perspectives on loneliness, how it feels and how it can be survived: “If I could just dance with somebody once more.”

For the eighth year running, single mother Emmamaria juggles everyday life with two young children, without any support system nor private life. Lasse’s long marriage came to an end, and now he’s learning to live alone. His days are spent playing solitaire and his nights writing poetry, as he dreams of dancing with somebody once more. Emilia’s anxiety is occasionally soothed behind the wheel of a car. During her drives she blasts techno, and dances to it at home too. Alone, of course.

Three different stories of ordinary life open the door on the invisible members of our society in a truly heart-crumpling manner. The amount of people who are lonely or alone, in need of help, and have no support to turn to, grows by the day. This timely film stirs sympathy deep down, and evokes a profound realisation of how lucky those are who have somebody to dance with.

Saija Holm (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)

Title: SOLITAIRE DANCE
Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English
Director: Antti Lempiäinen
Production Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Length (min): 58
Age limit: S
Cinematographer: Antti Lempiäinen
Screenplay: Antti Lempiäinen
Editing: Hanna Kuirinlahti
Sound Design: Petrus Rapo
Music: Teemu Vänskä
Producer: Ella Ruohonen
Production Company: Superreel Productions Oy
A Title in Original Language: Näkymättömät