Musta jää (Black Ice) (2007)

Musta jää (Black Ice) (2007)

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Upon discovering that her husband is having an affair, a Helsinki gynecologist attempts to gather more knowledge about her rival and, in the process, becomes hopelessly entangled in the other woman's life - partially on purpose but primarily out of happenstance. Saara is pretty, elegant, liberal, and friendly to a fault. Yet while surface appearances would suggest that Saara is something of an open book, the truth is that lately no one has looked deeper enough to notice otherwise. Driven by jealousy to find out why her husband Leo has grown distant as of late, the sleuthing wife soon discovers that her spouse has recently entered into an affair with a young student and part-time martial arts instructor named Tulli. Her desire to learn more about Tulli growing with each passing hour, Saara eventually signs up as a student in one of the woman's self-defense classes. Eventually, Saara integrates herself into Tulli's life by blending fact and fiction to create a new persona. While Saara's crafty bid to find out more about Tulli without revealing her true identity is indeed successful, her deceptions start to snowball after she creates a fictitious lover in order to mislead her husband. The satisfaction of turning the tables on her husband gradually begins to dissipate, however, when the complex web of deceit becomes too unwieldy to maintain, plunging everyone involved into a hopeless cycle of despair and revenge.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Ria Kataja
as Tuuli
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Critic Reviews for Musta jää (Black Ice)

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | July 27, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It's not a bad film, but it doesn't have the dimensions to hit some of the deeper emotional notes.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The performances are uniformly excellent, particularly from the women....

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Excellent performances and assured direction serve to keep the story engaging and dramatic in Petri Kotwica's third feature, which won five Finnish Jussi (film industry) awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script %u2013 and Best Actress for Ou

Full Review… | January 8, 2009
Urban Cinefile

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Screen International

A showcase for Finnish acting talent and a significant step forward for Kotwica, though the closing reels of Musta Jää dilute its power as a psychological thriller in favour of plot twists more at home in a soap opera.

Full Review… | March 24, 2008
european-films.net

Audience Reviews for Musta jää (Black Ice)

½

An average psychological drama about love and betrayal. Unfortunately, they didn't focus enough on exploring emotions to its brink and developing chemistry between the characters. It rather swayed through the portions. There are some engaging moments, but they're few and far between. The performances were okay, but not great enough to make up for the movie's flaws. Besides, I thought maybe there's something in store for the ending, but that too turned out to be a a bummer. Yet, all in all, the movie falls under the "watch and forget" category. It's not bad, in fact, had they put in a bit more of effort, it had the potential to bag an Oscar............... JK.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

A tense psychological thriller that grows gripping and suffocating as we follow a betrayed woman carrying a twisted plan of revenge till the last consequences. It is brilliantly directed, paying great attention to details and with two amazing performances by the lead actresses.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Psychological and very sexy thriller in a game of cat and mouse. What Black Ice tends to focus on is honor and honesty more than actual love. The partners are together, but it's never clear as to why. In one instance we find out that the marriage at the center of the movie has had all of its big moments marked by an affair. Maenpaa gives a fantastic performance as a woman investigating her husband's affair. She wants answers, but doesn't resort to petty violence or making a scene. Towards the end she does begin to crack. A more malicious character is shown, but at the same time we understand where the aggression came from. People justify their actions, but more people end up getting hurt. It's never terribly shocking, but the way the director handles conflict is very imaginative. The non-violent martial arts lessons, showing a restrained form of anger where all the punches are being thrown by the looks in the eyes. Stunning cinematography that captures the frozen landscapes, and a haunting and chilling score also provide extra atmosphere.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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