Directed by Joonas Neuvonen and released in its home country of Finland in 2010.
Uncompromising and raw, this video diary of the life of a drug addict ends up less of a documentary and more of a simple precursor to forthcoming events when the teenager at the center of this film who would go on to kill himself not long after the film was made available. The fact that this kind of thing goes on in the youth of a country in this day and age is not surprising at all really. It’s happening in the US with prescription drugs and anti-depressants (that just like in the film are prescribed in France) and in the UK to a lesser extent to things they’re calling “legal highs”.
In my own opinion, hard drug addicts like this deserve no pity whatsoever especially considering the way in which this one and the other users depicted here gleefully take the drugs and live their lives around it. It advocates drug use much more than it shows any effort to combat it – and just presenting the reality really is not enough in this day and age when there are kids who are susceptible and impressionable enough to merely watch a clip from this and go out and do it.
Here’s a tip for anyone wanting to watch this: if you’re easily upset, don’t watch it; if you’re easily put off by needles, don’t watch it; if you are however interested in watching some little teenager get his rocks off and be depressed about it for the rest of the time until his next fix, then by all means watch it.
This just wasn’t for me.