All marriages begin with the couple hoping to spend the rest of their lives together. With every other couple, these hopes are dashed. Sometimes the break-up comes as a surprise, sometimes it has been a long time coming. But inevitably, there comes a moment when one needs to say out loud that it is time to part ways.
Every Other Couple, directed by Mia Halme, depicts couples whose marriages have broken down. The documentary takes its protagonists back to the moments that irretrievably changed their relationships: when the spouse has become the ex and the family has broken apart. Some recall the split with bitterness, others have made their peace with what’s happened.
Divorce as a theme is universal but, in one way or another, familiar to all of us. This intimate documentary shares private moments, also showing life after divorce, new dwellings and new partners. In principle, this is all fairly ordinary. However, in Halme’s film, it also seems fresh and unique.
Taina Vuokko / Translation: Liina Härkönen
- Name in Original Language: Joka toinen pari
- Director: Mia Halme
- Country: Finland
- Year: 2016
- Length: 77 min
- Age limit: null
- Cinematography: Heikki Färm, Peter Flinckenberg
- Editing: Antony Bentley
- Audio: Micke Nyström
- Music: Ville A. Tanttu
- Production: Aleksi Salmenperä / SAHADOK
- Cinema Artis, hall 2: Fridat 27.01 - 21:30