Gräns [Border] (2018)

Director: Ali Abbasi
Writer: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Based on: Lindqvist‘s short story
Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén, Sten Ljunggren
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2018

Tina (Eva Melander) works for customs at the airport, a singular skill making her incredibly suited for the job: she can smell when somebody is trying to hide something. But when Vore (Eero Milonoff) passes through, his smell confuses her a lot. She feels drawn to him in a way she really can’t explain and that makes her question her entire life, especially her life with her boyfriend Roland (Jörgen Thorsson). As Tina gets roped in to help with a police investigation, she also has to figure out what it is about Vore that has thrown her for a loop.

For a long time, Gräns was interesting and engaging, but when it starts peeling back the layers of the mystery, it completely falls apart, leaving us with a gender(ed) mess that had me rolling my eyes.

The film poster showing two people swimming in a lake.


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Fyra år till [Four More Years] (2010)

Fyra år till
Director: Tova Magnusson-Norling
Writer: Wilhelm Behrman
Cast: Björn Kjellman, Eric Ericson, Tova Magnusson-Norling, André Wickström, Sten Ljunggren
Part of: identities Festival

David (Björn Kjellman) is the leader of the conservative party. He’s recently had some losses and he feels generally frustrated, though he’s pushed on by his wife and advisor Fia (Tova Magnusson-Norling). As if that wasn’t enough, David falls in love with Martin (Eric Ericson), even though David is married, Martin is a man, but worst of all – Martin is a social-democrat and his political rival. But despite all of that, the two of them just can’t stay away from each other.

Four More Years was an entertaining film. It was funny and warm-hearted and despite a couple of blunders (and a moment of completely unnecessary bi-bashing), it makes the time pass quickly.


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