Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

Koirat eivät käytä housuja

A dominatrix offers an emotionally paralysed widower an unexpected chance for sexual and psychological release in this playful dark comedy.

Dir J-P Valkeapää
Prod Helen Vinogradov, Aleksi Bardy
Scr J-P Valkeapää, Juhana Lumme
With Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Ester Geislerovà
UK Distribution Anti-Worlds
With English subtitles

Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife tragically drowned some years ago. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges. A birthday trip with his daughter leads to an unexpected but thrilling encounter with Mona, a dominatrix whose modus operandi brings a whole new meaning to the notion of suffocating relationships. Might submission and pain provide a pathway out of grief? Featuring some graphic scenes, director Valkeapää teases out a twisted but sweet vein of comedy from this kinky set-up. Empathetic and resolutely sex positive, this is a fun and joyful film. And if you like your romantic comedies with a dark edge, a gag and a slap or two, then this puppy’s for you.

Sarah Lutton

Festival guests

This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:

  • Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, director.

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Additional information

This is a 18+ screening.