What unites Europe also divides it: borders, languages, families, customs, movements. In Long Time No See! Beatrix Simkó and Jenna Jalonen form a youthful Hungaro-Finnish double act which plays on their mutual commonalities, rivalries and incomprehensions. It’s often slapstick: there are pat-a-cake folk dances and gauche playground games. It’s sometimes informative: the Hungarian alphabet literally outpaces the Finnish (the dancers take a step for each letter); Finns and Hungarians share traits of melancholy and suicidal depression. Occasionally it’s kitschily comic, with Eurovision dance-offs, wife-carrying races and a sauna cabin that exposes cultural as well as physical sensibilities (unabashed Finnish nudity, vestigial Hungarian modesty, alcohol as social lubricant).
Though somewhat cobbled together (like Europe?) it is always entertaining enough to keep us onside. Still, it’s hardly deep: the women present straightforward national(ist) identities, uncomplicated by others and with little self-examination. Fun then, but a bit flimsy.