The enfant terrible of the Finnish rock scene Knucklebone Oscar has caused mayhem and disbelief for over twenty years in Finland and around Europe. Destroying instruments has become the group's trademark over the years and accidental annihilation of a gig venue is no oddity for them. Now after 20 years of unrest, group's long awaited China tour is approaching. At the same time the lead singer suddenly gets his firstborn and is thrown into an abyss of questions of how to fit the pieces together.
In Russia Oscar destroyed a glass-floor with an axe during a TV-show which caused the show to go off the air. In China the tour manager was taken hostage by a venue owners after the band destroyed a little more than was expected and the employers of the Shanghai World Expo nearly got fired, because they couldn't control Oscar and his troops.
Oscar is driven by black humor, need to provocate and get people outside their comfort zones and driving some people in rage and despair whilst other watch in awe. Still Oscar's approach to life itself is surprisingly warm and sincere.
But where does his role end and his personality start? Or are they one and the same? The film is examining what happens when moderation is left far behind and we land onto a zone where only too much is enough and in addition to the consequences one has to meet his own ego.
He has been leaving his friends, relatives and audience in dismay on his search for the boundaries, but is finally having to come to terms with them himself. After experiences of anxiety he decides to meet a psychiatrist that is confronting him on all walks of life and at the same time he is trying to orchestrate the circus both at home and ”at the office”.
Written, Directed and Produced by Oskari Pastila
With Knucklebone Oscar as Himself
Cinematographer and Producer - Jussi Rastas
Editor - Joel Gräfnings
Producer - Pauliina Leiponen
Assistant Producer - Olavi Paananen
Co-Producer / YLE - Sari Volanen
Co-Producer / BASSO - Henrik Tiittanen
Co-Producer / Black Lion Pictures - Miika J. Norvanto
Sound Design and Mixing - Simo Orpana / Studio Bad Mama
Colorist - Petri Falkenberg / Grade One
Distribution: Miika J. Norvanto / Black Lion Pictures
Duration: 76 minutes
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"...Best music film made in Finland since 1970." - Turun Sanomat
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"A fascinating dive into the contradictory psyche of an eccentric artist. One of the best premieres of this crowded year of Finnish documentaries." - Iltalehti
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"One of the best Rock-films ever and a compulsory for anyone considering a relationship with a rock-person." - Seiska
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"In our era of eternal youth, the stumbling calming down of 40-year-old Oscar is 'falling within the responsibility of adulthood'. His therapist sees catharsis in his angst tricks - during the journey also the viewer get's purified and get's a portion from its beat-up joy of life." - MTV3
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"Very psycho-realistic characteristics are reflected to the film reality every now and then." - Sue
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"In the end the documentary is not only portrait of a tomboy musician, but a mirror which reveals your own grade of 'being an adult'." - Film-O-Holic.com