My Stuff

I was 26 and lost.
I felt empty in my apartment full of stuff.
We all know that feeling: having too much stuff, stuff and stuff.
Too much of everything and still lacking something.

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So I decided to do find out what I really need.

I embarked on an experiment with a set of rules:
1) One year experiment
2) All stuff into a storage
3) One item back per day
4) Don’t buy any new stuff

I felt like it would be a life-changing journey – so why not film it?
I started to film myself, and soon my first documentary was beginning to take shape.

I felt filming the process would also make it more reflective, and then I could sum up my own experiences and express it through the film.

The year was full of surprises.
And I’m happy to tell you it also turned out to be a love story.

Petri Luukkainen, director

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“After a split with his long-time girlfriend Petri Luukkainen found himself buying more and more things with his credit card. Deciding enough is enough, he starts a new experiment. Everything he owns will be put into storage (literally everything: Luukkainen begins the film completely naked in a totally empty flat) and he will allow himself to pick one item per day while forbidding himself from buying anything new. As he retrieves his items one day at a time, Luukkainen begins to appreciate the difference between what he wants and what he needs. But when a new girl enters his life, the experiment proves a little more difficult to keep going.

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This is an often surprising documentary that eschews the polemical for a wry and gentle reflection on Western culture’s relationship with the things that it owns. Luukkainen starts with the things that he needs (unsurprisingly, the first item he retrieves is a long coat) and it leads to some wonderful moments when he rediscovers the joy of something he’s denied himself: the warmth of a duvet or the softness of a pillow. But as his basic needs are slowly taken care, it becomes interesting to see how unnecessary many of his belongings seem and how easy it can be to live without them.

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It sometimes sails close to the wind of feeling contrived but the film deals with some of the more obvious questions early on (such as where Luukkainen gets his food from or what he does with his pay) and makes a virtue of the fact that Luukkainen doesn’t exactly know why he’s doing what he’s doing.” (Laurence Boyce, Screen Daily)

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