Selma VilhunenFinland / Denmark100 minutes2016Ages 12- 13Grades 7- 8ColourFinnishN/A
Frustrated by her mother’s erratic behaviour, a 12-year-old girl sets out on an impromptu quest to find her birth father, in this sharp and touching portrait of adolescence from Oscar-nominated Finnish filmmaker Selma Vilhunen.
The girls at the horse stable where 12-year-old Varpu rides and trains have started to comment about Varpu's home life, including her mother's odd behaviour and absences, and the fact that Varpu has never mentioned her father. Pressured by her peers and overwhelmed by her mother's dependence on her, Varpu grows increasingly frustrated and embarks on an impromptu quest to find her biological father. But even as she becomes adept at advanced responsibilities — including driving a car — she soon discovers that the ability to do adult things doesn't make her an adult.
Addressing adolescence, healthy relationships and mental health, Little Wing showcases the conflict that can arise in the stages between childhood and adult life.
Content Advisory: coarse language, young people kissing, teenage boy places his hand under a girl's shirt and touches her thigh, teenagers and adults seen smoking, alcohol is consumed by adults and teenagers, young people steal cars, adult with schizophrenia behaves erratically
Selma Vilhunen is a Helsinki-based writer and director. She has directed numerous documentary and fiction shorts, including the Academy Award–nominated Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (12), and the feature documentary Song (14). Little Wing (16) is her fiction feature debut.