Eestaas is an expressive film portrait of the director´s mother, painter Pirkko Lantto, but it also portrays the director himself, or some other person. The film is like a poem that uses aspects of life to tell something that may reflect reality as it was experienced.
Lantto´s painting style has been called expressive colourism. She does not overwork her paintings; there may be white areas left in the finished works. The choice of material in the film was influenced by the painting style and the stories of the director´s mother. As a little boy, the director was puzzled by her utterance: “I was supposed to become a surfer.”
The basic idea of the film is to present the material first forward, then backwards. Presenting it backwards lends the film a surreal and escapist feel that reflects how memory, feelings, and recollections work. In the film, an elderly woman lives and experiences memories, dreams, and joys.