[Pockpicket – Ricordi dei giovani borghesi di Helsinki] Sog.: Matti Salon. Scen., F., M.: Peter von Bagh, Pertti Maisala. Mus.: Kaj Chydenius. Int.: Sulevi Peltola, Eija Pokkinen, Elina Salo. Prod.: Peter von Bagh, Pertti Maisala. 35mm. D.: 19’. Bn.
A cheeky homage to Robert Bresson: Instead of taking money out of people’s pockets, the film’s protagonist puts it in them – to help those in need. But who is in need? Or to be more precise: who isn’t really? A hilarious comment on late 60s ideological confusion, inspired as much by the particular genius of Finnish comedy icon Spede Pasanen as by Pier Paolo Pasolini, or someone else, who knows. Maybe even more than the incomparable Kreivi, Pockpicket eli katkelmia helsinkilaisen porvarisnuoren elämästä offers a great impression of young von Bagh’s anarchic streak – the dashing lad who wouldn’t let an opportunity pass by to provoke some idiocy of society. This is von Bagh as many Finns remember him: A quick-witted provocateur who didn’t mind stepping on toes.