A WINTER'S JOURNEY (Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Finland/France/Sweden). 73 minutes. Subtitled. Saturday (April 21), 7 pm; Monday (April 23), 4 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
A Winter's Journey is a fascinating look at the emotional maturation of an aspiring artist. Stuggling for years to break into the professional opera world, young Finnish tenor Kalle Koiso-Kanttila (the director's brother) digs deep into his psyche to find that unresolved issues involving his difficult father are holding him back. Once he's dealt with them, he's on his way.
Anyone involved in the performing arts - especially opera - will enjoy this straightforward doc. Koiso-Kanttila's lessons with two operatic masters (Roland Hermann, Tom Krause) are like miniature master classes.
We're in chilly Scandinavia, though, so don't expect a lot of passion outside of the singing.