What does it mean to be a man? Or rather, what does it mean to be an ordinary, middle-class, white and heterosexual man? How would such a man understand sex and violence, for example? What about minorities – or inequality between women’s and men’s wages? These questions are humorously contemplated by animated men: there is a green-haired hipster-dad, a hoodie-clad Woody Allen fan and a middle-class uncle with blue hair. These men sit in a café, go swimming, sit in the bar and around a bonfire, and drive a car but are always talking and reflecting. A question is are we still living in a men’s world created by men’s rules and what does it mean? What do these men think about feminism, or refugees? Who are their role models? Malin Erixon’s movie reveals something universal but especially Swedish from these themes, as men who left puberty a long time ago also ponder what it is like to be a young man today.
With seven short vignettes, Erixon’s movie depicts what it is like to live in a so-called welfare state. Her ”fictional animated documentary” about men´s philosophical conversations is an unusual peek into the minds and views of visibly fortunate and well-positioned western men as the discuss both personal and political questions. Polyphonic dialogue demonstrates that sometimes the most interesting answers come from talking with ordinary people. Satire is not from how or what questions are asked, but rather how they are answered. Beneath the surface there is a powerful message: maybe instead of relating to each other as women and men, as hetero- and homosexuals or as good and evil, we should relate to each other primarily as individuals.
Joonas Nykänen (Translated by Elina Huttunen & Em Seikkanen)