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Documentary - Completed 2012

A film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band: Meet Toni, Sami, Pertti and Kari - a famous Finnish punk band with a handicap.
The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success and shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying and the laughter.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Synopsis
    • The Punk Syndrome is a documentary film about Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikan nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day), formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys. The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success. It shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying, the laughter.
      It shows as the band heads out for festivals and releases their first album: as they appear on the media, as they tour Europe and as they grow to be one of the biggest cult acts in Finland.
      Toni, who’s the youngest at 28 years, plays the drums like a machine, and then dances with the girls. Bass player Sami, a conservative political activist, enjoys himself in the centre of attention. Guitarist Pertti, 55, an old school rocker shouts: ”Have fun for fuck's sake!” jumps in the air and hits the wrong notes. Kari, who wants to move in with his girlfriend, laughs with the audience as he sings a song out of Pertti's diary. But the laughter stops when he sings about self-hatred and living at the mercy of others.
      Loyal to true punk tradition, the band plays loud and harshly, and their lyrics are critical of the surrounding reality: Poverty, housing problems, intoxicants and the attitudes towards disabled are brutally slung to the listener's face. "In The Parliament, they always talk but you can't understand what they say!"
      This is what punk used to be about: misfits screaming their lungs out about real problems. That's why this is the last punk band perhaps in the whole World.