The Bus Trip
by Venla Mäkelä
It's 1976, Finland. A businessman organizes bus trips, transporting women from the south to the northern countryside to meet eligible bachelors at a dance. After seeing the ad in the local paper, Helmi, 46, owner of a women's clothing store, decides to book the trip but only because her dangerously naive shopgirl, Karin, is going. On a freezing December morning thirteen women climb aboard the bus.