By Maria Kilpi, translated from the Finnish by David Hackston. Nordic Noir Season at La Mama, Carlton (VIC). 21-31 July 2016.
Laura comes by bus from Helsinki to spend Christmas with her long widowed Mummi (grandmother) in Mummi’s small town. The weather is, of course, cold, hovering just above and just below zero. It’s better when there’s no wind. Laura (Sophia Riozzi), a stiff, pale young woman, appears tense, preoccupied, even faintly hostile. We might wonder why she’s come. It is mere duty? Tiny, bird-like Mummi (Shirley Cattunar) seems to be the only family she has.