Open Up to Me
Kerron Sinulle Kaiken
Finland, 2013, 95 minutes, HD
Open Up to Me Synopsis


Maarit is a beautiful, intelligent and sexy woman – who used to be a man. Struck by the oddity of gender change, she is estranged from the daughter she fathered, her ex life and is working as a cleaner. When she meets and falls in love with Sami – soccer coach, teacher and family man – she finally feels like she can ‘fit in’ somewhere. But Sami is soon put to the test. In a world that considers Maarit a freak, Sami is forced to confront his own deeply hidden prejudices. And as for Maarit, with or without Sami, she has to step into a brave new world where only she can determine her sense of belonging.




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Reviewed by GoldenMarie
Led by hearfelt performances from the cast, OPEN UP TO ME is a Finnish film that explores sexual identities, through Maarit (Leea Klemola), a transgender character and her lover and... more
Led by hearfelt performances from the cast, OPEN UP TO ME is a Finnish film that explores sexual identities, through Maarit (Leea Klemola), a transgender character and her lover and Sami (Peter Franzen). In a more general way, the film opens up on identities, notably through the supporting characters, Maarit's daughter, Sami's wife and son. Family and love relationships are handled in a very complex and subtle manner, which makes Simo Halinen's film an elegant film.
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  • I Watched it at Fringe FF in London last year. I would definitely recommend this Finnish gem, which introduces a sweet story without any cliché on transgender or relationships.

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  • I Watched it at Fringe FF in London last year. I would definitely recommend this Finnish gem, which introduces a sweet story without any cliché on transgender or relationships.
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    MarieDR Good to know it's without clichés , we rarely get that nowadays.
    MarieDR Good to know it's without clichés , we rarely get that nowadays.
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  • A maturely and sensibly told story about a transgender character that thankfully, isn't all about gender. Have watched twice and will watch again.

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  • A maturely and sensibly told story about a transgender character that thankfully, isn't all about gender. Have watched twice and will watch again.
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