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Screaming Men
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by Dr Nick

"Bored? Frustrated? Angry? Join the Screaming Men male choir!"
5 stars

Finnish people are strange and here’s the documentary to prove it. The Screaming Men male choir is exactly what it claims to be, men…screaming, screaming men. Ah, you get it! And it’s not just a way for social rejects to release suppressed rage. No, these guys take their “art” very seriously and travel around the world, performing in front of audiences in Iceland, France and even Japan. This documentary follows the choir and their eccentric conductor Petri Sirviö through extensive auditioning, rehearsing and touring. A fascinating documentary about a fascinating man and his unique vision, this has to be seen to be believed.

Join The Screaming Men Male Choir as they travel around the globe, entertaining audiences with their unusual performances. They specialise in various national anthems, although not exclusively. Another “hit song” is simply a chunk of the Geneva Convention, screamed at the top of their lungs. It’s hard to explain what they sound like, but imagine fifty men of different sizes and lung capacity, screaming words in carefully planned rhythmical patterns. That’s pretty much it. It takes some time to get used to, but the strange thing is that after the initial bemusement has subsided, you become fascinated with their music and their performances.

The documentary follows the choir as they travel to all corners of the world. In Japan, apart from just performing, the conductor also gives a lecture at a university on the benefits of screaming. Everywhere they go, they put on a good show, but there are obstacles in their way. In France, they are not allowed to sing (well...scream) the French national anthem. Because of some old law against altering the national anthem, the same thing happens in Iceland. But, with their performance being so appreciated, the Icelandic politicians even decide to change the law for next time they show up.

The main character in the film is the conductor, Petri Sirviö. He’s strict man and a perfectionist. He doesn’t take part in the screaming himself, but he knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. The film follows him around as he auditions new members for the choir, rehearses, travels, as well as trying to fit some time in for his family.
Parts of the film are extremely stylised, and many these bits are breathtaking. Even if you don’t like the subject matter, the film is worth seeing just for the opening and closing shots alone. Imagine a group of Finnish men in rubber ties (yes, they make and wear rubber ties with their suits. Don’t ask me why.) pulling a giant icebreaker across the beautiful arctic landscape, screaming as loud as they possibly can. Doesn’t that sound appealing? Well, it is amazing. So, get out there, find this film, watch it, get some friends together and start your own screaming male choir.

Unlike anything you’ve ever seen...or heard.

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originally posted: 09/09/03 01:52:36
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Minneapolis/St.Paul Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Minneapolis/St.Paul Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

7/22/06 robert erwin wonderful, please come back to town 5 stars
4/26/04 Lynn life's strange indeed 5 stars
2/17/04 rob amazing film 5 stars
2/03/04 hayley i want to be a screaming man 5 stars
2/02/04 KK Must-see, pure, raw Finnish humour, amazing insight into a screamer's mind 5 stars
1/28/04 Huutaja Excellent! Oscar nominee in 2005! 5 stars
1/23/04 Diana must see! 5 stars
12/29/03 Andy Stone Brilliant, sharp, crystal clear. 5 stars
12/24/03 Don entertaining 5 stars
11/27/03 Max superficial 3 stars
10/02/03 Tero Oulu rules! 5 stars
9/22/03 Jim excellent stuff! 5 stars
9/10/03 Jonathan one of the funniest films i've seen 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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Directed by
  Mika Ronkainen

Written by
  Mika Ronkainen

Cast
  Mieskuoro Huutajat
  Petri Sirvio



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