In the midst of an existential crisis following a recent break-up, Luukkainen begins his experiment: he locks away all his possessions in storage, allowing himself to retrieve only one item a day. A ‘Finnish-weird’ approach to self-help.
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Petri is filling an internal void with stuff, and discovers the void isn't being filled, but his flat is. His solution: put everything into storage and take out only one thing per day for a year. In this charming, funny and filmic documentary, we watch a man discover what is important to him. Eventually, he stops taking things out, and we finish the film by going to our cupboards and removing everything. Liberating.
Right now, all my stuff is actually in storage (from the 90sqm flat where I lived for eight years). In that flat, I lived without a fridge for almost 17 months (e.g. wrapped milk carton in wet cloth overnight near window to keep it cold). The stuff in storage is approximately 9,000 km from where I live now. I enjoyed and appreciated this film concept and experience very much. Great locations and photography.
Very interesting 'Lived Experiment' type documentary, but also with some pleasing meta stuff about how life-experiments in general play out. Fun, charming, hilarious at first, pretty thought-provoking by the end.
The philosophical insights may not be that profound (it's not hard to appreciate that focusing on accumulation of material things may not be the most important thing in life) but the conceit of actually starting again from scratch is engagingly done and there are some droll moments along the way notably when stuff that you do need doesn't actually work. In the end though, to coin a phrase, all you need is love.