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The Punk Syndrome (4 stars)

Music documentary following Finnish punk outsiders Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät

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The Punk Syndrome

A sleeper hit on the film festival circuit, The Punk Syndrome follows the trials and tribulations of Finland’s Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a punk band whose members have learning disabilities and their rise in popularity within the local crust-punk scene to become unexpected national heroes.

You’ll find all the usual egos and tantrums one would expect from a music doc – but what’s heartfelt is the solidarity and warmth the members have for one another, amidst fall outs and musical blunders which stems from their love of punk and their shared experiences in sheltered housing.

With his charming yet emotional outbursts, lead guitarist and founding member Pertti - who suffers from cerebral palsy, takes a lot to heart from the get go and comes close to tears at the drop of a hat. But it’s his passion for the music and live performance which holds the unit together, alongside the help of their zen like manager and carer. Pertti is the driving force of the group but consoles his members with much required support. It's clear emotions are high between two particular members, as practice times and recording sessions descend into fake walk outs and shouting matches between their brilliant lead vocalist and lyricist, Kari and the bossy and more perfectionist nature of bassist, Sami.

There a great sense of humour throughout the film, in particular the hilarious comeuppance that occurs to Sami when his trousers accidently fall down at a local strong man competition. There’s nothing more anti-establishment as four disabled and fiery individuals literally sticking it to the institutions which they’ve been surrounded by, making The Punk Syndrome a unique and touching depiction of some truly passionate outsider artists.

Selected release from Fri 1 Feb.

The Punk Syndrome (Kovasikajuttu)

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • Finland/Norway/Sweden
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: Jukka Kärkkäinen/Jani-Petteri Passi
  • UK release: 1 February 2013

Documentary about Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, all of whom have disabilities. A sleeper hit on the festival circuit, the film depicts the heartwarming solidarity and warmth that the bandmembers have for one another, despite the fall-outs, blunders and outbursts expected from a music doc.

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