Spandex Sapiens

Oskari Pastila, 87 min, Finland.

The son of a Pentecostal preacher, Michael is a bullied boy from Canada. He finds his own world in the spandex-clad heroes of comic books and professional wrestlers on TV. He builds his body and is finally able to wear the spandex tights himself. He moves to faraway Finland, introducing pro-wrestling culture in the country. Young transsexual wrestler Jessica infiltrates into the wrestling company that conservative and old-fashioned Michael runs. She contests Michael both physically and ideologically. Anger and frustration get to Michael who is now forty years old and still searching for a wife. He is looking for love, but first must learn not to hate.