"Beauty and the Bastard" is director Dome Karukoski's first feature film, actually his exam entry for university. Maybe it is due to this that during the film I had the feeling that apart from the actors there are another twenty people in the film, the crew (who according to the director had also worked on such a big projet for the first time).
The talented singer Nelli needs a demo-CD for her application at a big record company and hopes for HipHop-DJ Sune to help her with his studio. But he wants to "keep his shit real" and doesn't fancy R'n'B. But due to a bet with his Rap-colleagues he agrees in recording two demo tracks with her. Sune - of course - falls in love with Nelli and she is also not disaffected, but she also has a boyfriend from the upper class.
To get her contract, Nelli agrees with the bosses of the record company that she won't continue her work with Sune. Sune is completely fixated to Nelli and would even give her his beats for free, even when her CD is on the radio already. When Nelli notices, how everything "up there" is only about her look and how less about her music, she thinks twice about Sune and how he would never change himself only to sell more records. She recollects - and goes back to Sune.
Sune's two Rap-partners were good for one or the other laugh.
Main actor Samuli Vauramo, "Sune", at times reminded me strongly of Eminem in "8 Mile" (from his look). But he can't really approximate Eminem's acting, although I'd say that all in all he did a good job.
I think, everybody kept to close to the smallest details in the script, because some things just didn't look natural.
A very strong entry for an exam, but watched with 14plus-eyes, the plot was too predictable. it is too simple.
But, hey, Mr. Karukoski, you started your career with the Berlinale!