Inside Out 2022: Our Review of ‘Girl Picture’

Inside Out 2022: Our Review of ‘Girl Picture’

Girl Picture feels simple in that it’s a story about three teenage girls who are trying to find someone or something that they call their own, without the possessive nature of that desire. But of course, life gets in the way. And this film realistically depicts the obstacles that teenage girls face when they embark on romantic relationships. Emma (Linnea Leino) and Mimmi (Aamu Milonoff) spend the day in bed. Emma receives a call reminding her that she needs to attend one of her practices. She needs to practice three times a day if she wants to be a European Champion ice skater. As much as this new relationship is destroying Emma’s career, Mimmi seems to be thriving, well almost, if her past doesn’t get in her way. Mimmi’s best friend Ronkko (Eleonoora Kauhanen) notices these changes while trying to find a boy who will give her an orgasm.

That previous sentence about Ronkko’s storyline makes Girl Picture seem in Euphoria. But that’s only a half right comparison since it doesn’t have that series’ dark vibes. That said, it still shows the problems that girls go through with their relationships. If anything, Ronkko’s storyline gives the film its own brand of levity, as she goes on one encounter after another. She looks good on the outside but  she lets her inner awkward quirks out to boys who are 50/50 when it comes to accepting her. Emma and Mimmi’s storyline is more serious, as the latter starts to worry about the former’s increasing impulsiveness. These realistic conflicts play out on a full screen, the actors and filmmakers filling these images out with colour, passion, and warmth. What more to ask for in a coming of age film? Girl Picture is a film that more viewers need to go and see.

Girl Picture is an Inside Out digital exclusive.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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