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Screaming Men
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by EricDSnider

"Despite NOT being a porn title, it's still good."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: In Finland there is evidently a chorus of men who scream national anthems rhythmically and with diction, with counterpoints and solos, just like a regular choir ... um, except they’re screaming, not singing. Why anyone would want to hear this is a question not asked by Mika Ronkainen, director of the documentary "Screaming Men." He, like us, sees the group as a quaint bit of silliness that makes the world more interesting, nothing more. Luckily, the Screaming Men recognize the absurdity, too, and following them on their globe-trotting concert tour is a sublimely amusing experience.

Ronkainen directs with a keen eye for what makes Screaming Men interesting. He and the choir both have a sense of humor so silly it recalls Monty Python. (Members of the choir often wear ties made of rubber, for example, and the "lighting" portion of their show consists of the screamers taking photos with the flash on. Why? Just because.)

The film shows the audition process (a deceptively austere procedure) and details some of the group's problems as they travel the world. Some countries, it seems, have laws against altering the national anthem in any way, and screaming it is viewed by some as an alteration. How group leader Petri Sirvio, a dynamic, fun-loving man, solves these crises provides the film's most entertaining moments.

Like the Screaming Men themselves, "Screaming Men" is not revolutionary or extraordinary. The choir is just a bunch of silly men doing silly things, and the documentary captures that with appropriate energy.

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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
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  DVD: 21-Dec-2010



Directed by
  Mika Ronkainen

Written by
  Mika Ronkainen

  Mieskuoro Huutajat
  Petri Sirvio

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