The Good Son

Original title Hyvä poika

Directed by Zaida Bergroth

Length 87min

Genre Drama

Year of production 2011

Production country Finland

Starring Elina Knihtlä, Samuli Niitymäki, Eero Aho, Anna Paavilainen, Eetu Julin

Written by Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth

Director of Photography Anu Keränen

Production Design Tytti Tiri, Okku Rahikainen

Costume Design Sari Suominen

Editing Jan Forsström

Sound Design Micke Nyström

Music Mi And L’au

Producers Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Elli Toivoniemi / Bufo

After a scandalous premier, actress Leila Manner (Elina Knihtilä) flees the reporters to the family’s old summer villa with her two sons, short-tempered Ilmari (Samuli Niittymäki) and his younger brother Unto (Eetu Julin). Their peaceful time together is soon interrupted when Leila invites a group of her friends, including Aimo (Eero Aho), over to spend the weekend.

When the other guests leave, Aimo stays. Ilmari is not pleased with the intruder, although Leila assures him that Aimo is nothing like her previous men. The atmosphere at the villa surrounded by woods becomes suddenly threatening.

The Good Son received its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and has since then been awarded with a number of festival prizes, including the Gold Hugo (Prize New Directors Competition) at Chicago International Film Festival, Best Actress Award at Jussi Awards and Grand Prize & Best Actor Award at Mons International Festival of Love Films.