Estonia's MUSHROOMING Trailer Starts Calm, Gets Weird Quick

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Watching a passel of trailers for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival reminded me of how difficult it is to convey properly the intended tone of a movie, but the trailer for Toomas Hussar's Mushrooming makes great use of music to establish itself as a dark comedy in a very brief time.

Granted, I then had to read the TIFF program notes to know what, exactly, is going on. The trailer begins with a nice-looking middle-aged couple heading into the woods to go mushrooming. They pick up a hitchiking musician along the way, and then things quickly start to get weird. It turns out that the husband is a politician, the musician is some kind of rock idol, and when night falls, it gets very, very dark in those woods ...

Mushrooming is the directorial debut of Toomas Hussar, who also wrote the screenplay; he has years of experience as an actor under his belt. The film stars Raivo E. Tamm, Elina Reinold, Juhan Ulfsak, Üllar Saaremäe, and Hendrik Toompere Jr.

The effectiveness of the trailer is greatly enhanced by the music, which begins with cocktail-hour jazz before morphing into something else entirely.

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  • deep.dark.ironic

    May I point out a small type-o? Instead of "Hendrik Toompere jr" it shoud be "Hendrik Toompere jr jr " :)

    ps. I'm really happy the movie has got this far. I've always loved estonian movies and the way they're always deep and rich on dark humour. It kind of shows how we live here in Eastern-Europe and how the minds of people really do "Start Calm and Get Weird Quick".

    Greetings from Estonia! :)

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "and then things quickly start to get weird."

    Yeah, you can say that again Mr Martin.....but I like weird dark comedies...thanks for the trailer.

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