For my latest bit of virtual tourism via the the online streaming program of the Tribeca Film Festival, I visited Northern Finland, specifically the city of Oulu, which apparently has the worst rugby team in the nation. Documented throughout a single season by Mika Ronkainen for his film Freetime Machos, the underdogs sadly never come up from behind to make a dramatic championship victory, as they might in a Hollywood production. But that somewhat works to the advantage of the doc's exploration of modern masculinity within a constantly humiliated sports club.
I say somewhat, because I was honestly bored for much of the film's 86 minutes, whether it was the result of my having no understanding or interest in rugby or the matter of tedious repetition on the part of the story. Here's another game, they lose, they sauna, they get drunk, wrestle a bit in their skivvies, have serious or playful conversations about sex and masturbation, make gay jokes and then return to their wives or girlfriends or whatever daily routine they have in Oulu. At the end of the week, repeat.