Few films can boast as thrilling an opening sequence as Pirjo Honkasalo’s "Concrete Night". Without a word of dialogue, the imagery quickly introduces us to our protagonist Simo (Johannes Brotherus), a young teen standing against the backdrop of a city in the dark of night. Soon, an incoming train crashes into the water below and the resulting deluge consumes him. Filmed in vivid black and white, this dream sequence is a portentous sign of things to come in this austere drama.
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