MOMENT IN THE REEDS opens with gay undergraduate student Leevi (Janne Puustinen) revisiting his hometown in Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house. When his father (Mika Melender) drives him to the house, it is revealed that his father does not approve of his son’s sexual orientation but there is nothing he can do about it anyway.
Leevi helps in the innovation but is not particularly good at it, storming off at one instant when hitting his finger with the hammer. (Most gay men are not good in this field of work!) The dad has hired a helper (Boodi Kabbani), who shows up unable to speak much Finnish. The father is unable to communicate with him but the help and son speak English. Dad is suddenly called away.
No surprises then when the helper, who is a Syrian refugee turns out to be gay and he and Leevi have really hot sex before the father returns. If his film was made 20 years ago, the son would not have come up to the father. Despite the familiar well-worn theme, the film is quite an entertaining watch, primarily for the reason that it does not aim high.
Coming-of-age, father/relationship, refugee problems are just a few issues tackled in this film.