THE SQUARE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Ostlund Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary. Christian (played by Danish actor Claes Bang, from tv series like Borgen, The Bridge, etc) is the respected curator of the fictitious Stockholm X-Royal Museum. He is planning an ambitious installation project based around the theme of altruism and human boundaries. The centrepiece of the installation is the creation of a square in the courtyard of the museum, which supposed to be a lofty symbol meant to represent the social contact, a sanctuary of trust Continue reading

A MAN CALLED OVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hannes Holm Stars: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Tobias Almborg, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Chatarina Larsson, Borje Lundberg, Klas Wiljergard. This Oscar-nominated Swedish comedy about a socially awkward grumpy old man rediscovering his humanity and the sense of community is essentially Gran Torino with subtitles. A Man Called Ove is a life affirming tale. At first I thought it was going to be a Scandinavian variation of the perennial Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, but this is a more complex tale of hope, optimism and finding Continue reading

FORCE MAJEURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ruben Ostlund Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergen, Vincent Wettergen, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius, Jakob Granqvist, Brady Corbet. Sweden's nomination for the 2015 Foreign Language film Oscar is this droll observational comedy that explores themes of masculinity in today's society, marriage, and family. A seemingly happy Swedish family are holidaying in the Alps, enjoying the skiing and their five star accommodation. They appear to be the perfect family and the opening scenes show them happy, playing and Continue reading

WE ARE THE BEST!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Lucas Moodyson Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv Lemoyne, Charlie Falk, Johan Lijemamark, Mattias Wiberg, Jonathan Salomonsson, Alvir Strollo, Anna Rydgren, David Dencik, Ann-Sofie Rase, Peter Eriksson, Lena Carlsson. During the recent Melbourne International Film Festival I saw two coming of age films about kids putting together a punk band. The first was a coming of age drama from Mexico, called We Are Mari Pepa, which dealt with four teenage boys playing in a punk rock band. But this was a fairly disappointing film that Continue reading

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN – interview with THOMAS ALFREDSON

  By GREG KING. From Sweden, the home of ABBA, Volvo, IKEA and SAAB, comes this unusual vampire tale. Based on the best selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In tells the story of the connection between Oskar, a 12 year old who is being bullied at school, and Eli, a young girl who moves into the apartment next door. At first Eli seems painfully shy, introverted. She turns out to be a vampire, who only comes out at night. A strange friendship develops between these two alienated adolescents, outsiders who don’t fit in to their normal Continue reading