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Film Review: ‘Speed Walking’

3 November 2014 5:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are more synthetic fibers than you can shake a stick — or a lit match — at in “Speed Walking,” but a pure heart beats beneath the gaudy ’70s surface of Danish director Niels Arden Oplev’s semi-sweet coming-of-age comedy. Tenderly tracking  the tentative sexual enquiries of a 13-year-old boy living under the cloud of his mother’s death, Oplev’s film borrows perhaps a shade too liberally from the Nordic humanism of Lukas Moodysson, but still represents a better use of the original “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” helmer’s time than last year’s mangy U.S. thriller “Dead Man Down.” With a pleasingly mature dose of polysexuality spiking the polyester nostalgia, “Speed Walking” is proving a crowdpleaser on the fest circuit, and should cut a swift path to international distribution. 

With Oplev having recently signed on for a couple of American assignments, including the USA drama pilot “Mr. »

- Guy Lodge

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