Our Lutheran upbringing teaches us to ignore our own needs and to think about what's best for others at all times. Thanks to Scandinavian equality, women's choices are not restricted to staying home - they can be housewives, career women, even beauty queens if they want to. A good girl is trying to be all of this. Not because she wants to, but to please her parents, teachers, children, boss, friends. She loses her own identity - or never quite found it in the first place. She lives to please others. Love has to be earned by deeds, but in the long run, nothing is enough.
Extreme efficiency is rewarded by gratitude and acceptance. Although the film's women are diligent and productive, some of them have grown tired of being good
- a role that leads to a vicious circle of decisions they don't really want to make. All their energy has gone into meeting others' expectations. The documentary follows these women of different ages, who all suffer from the good girl syndrome. We look at their everyday life where being good generates the most anxiety.
The women portrayed in the documentary are afraid to talk about the anxiety that springs from being a good girl who is never supposed to rebel or foster negative feelings. They believe that they're alone with their problem. But in this documentary, they talk.

Crew
director & script: Hanna Maylett
cinematographer: Marita Hällfors
sound designer: Janne Laine

51 min, 35mm, 1.85, Dolby SR, color, Finnish dialogue