Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome) (2012)

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The Punk Syndrome is a film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, are mentally handicapped and they play their music with a lot of attitude and pride. We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and experience strong emotions. We witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. They laugh, cry, drink and fight over who gets to sit in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi, Sami Janhukainen
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Critic Reviews for Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

[A] funny, edgy and very human feature ...

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Variety
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Fun, light-hearted and proof that disability is no barrier to musical success, but it could have benefited from a little more background on the band members.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
National Post

It's a sketchy and raggedy film, but like punk music, it probably would have been spoiled if it were smoothed out.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013
Canada.com

What shines through most strongly ... is both the sense of camaraderie and the personal benefits each band member takes from the experience.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013

As a piece of rock verite, it's sympathetic, patchy, occasionally discomfiting, but always honest.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Scotsman

A very likable, relaxed film.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome)

I saw this at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. The Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät deals with many of the same issues other bands face. Pertti Kurikka, the namesake of the band, is the lead guitarist and main songwriter for the group. Kari is the singer. Sami is the bassist. And Toni is the drummer. The punk rock attitude is a great fit for these four men with mental handicaps, who just want to be treated with dignity and respect. Pertti shares some sad stories from his past and talks about some of his emotional challenges. Kari sings a great song in the recording studio about his hate for pedicurists and seeks some freedom over his own actions, especially when spending time with his girlfriend. Sami is interested in politics and seems to constantly, but accidentally, have a way of irritating both Pertti and Kari. Toni, the youngest of the group and the quietest, deals with the prospect of moving out of his parents' home for a group home and a broken heart. We see their manager Kalle as he assists them professional and tries to be there personally for them too. We witness rehearsals, recording sessions, tours, concerts, and a bit of each of their personal lives through the moment they experience the triumph of releasing their first album. Punk lyrics are often growled and yelled so rapidly that it can be hard to catch them all in any language, so it was a blessing to have subtitles, which only increased my appreciation of their music.

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