[Pahanhautoja], directed by Hanna Bergholm, Finland / Sweden 2022, 86'
Tinja is a shy teenage gymnast, raised by an authoritative mother who dreams of an ‘insta worthy’ life with perfect breakfasts, ever-smiling children and a family happiness envied by online followers. One day, Tinja finds a strange egg in the forest and decides to take it home. The chick that hatches from it will change their lives.
The precise script, as befits a film from studio A24, combines horror, fairy tale and coming-of-age story. The author of special effects Gustav Hoegen, who previously worked on Star Wars and Ex Machina, has created one of the greatest monsters in the history of European genre cinema. The result is a film that terrifies, moves and does not let you forget.