A discontented young Finnish cameraman decides to revamp his life and object-clogged apartment with a dramatic year-long project: forbidden from buying new things, he will move all his possessions into storage and bring back just one item each day. The end result has generous helpings of self-deprecating humour, a necessarily hemmed-in sense of style and real familial warmth, but the rather self-conscious structure and setups means the viewer sometimes gets as frustrated with the project as the protagonist does. Likely nonetheless to spark worthwhile cross-examination of one’s inner hoarder.
My Stuff | Directed by Petri Luukkainen (Finland 2013) documentary. Starts March 5
Originally published in issue #136, March 2015