4 items from 2013
Written by Karin Arrhenius
Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt
Sanctuary opens on a rural home in the Swedish countryside, the serenity of which is soon interrupted by the arrival of police. The child occupant Hella (Clara Christiansson), is questioned as to the location of her father, wanted on suspicion of murder. After they leave, the wanted man (Jakob Cedergren) returns, and the pair flee into large woodlands. It’s not an easy journey from the offset: the family dog has to be shot and a police car gets sent into a ditch in a roadside pursuit. They soon seem free from immediate pursuit, however, and construct a makeshift woodland home in which to live. The father and daughter are brought closer together, even if environmental concerns and the odd encounters with other people provide their own set of problems, though the authoritarian threat inevitably returns to tear them apart. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
★★★☆☆ Examining the powerful bond shared between a father and daughter, Fredrik Edfeldt's Sanctuary (Faro, 2013) is a nostalgic, innocent and handsomely presented drama that sadly, in its attempts to transcend its simple tale, dilutes the powerful emotional undercurrent that initially whisks you away. We open upon the rural Swedish home of Pappan (Jakob Cedergren) and his young daughter, Hella (Clara Christiansson). However, the sight of a car making its way up the long winding driveway quickly breaks the peaceful serenity of this country idyll. Pappan flees, leaving Hella to answer the visitor's questions.
It transpires that Hella's father is a wanted man. Pappan knows he doesn't have long until he's caught, but the pair run away regardless, in order to spend one last summer together. They head into an ominous forest after evading a pursuing police car and from here on in their troubles turn from authoritarian to environmental. Predictably, »
- CineVue UK
Danish star Jakob Cedergren first caught my eye in Dagur Kari's 2005 effort Dark Horse, a sly and understated sense of humor making him a standout in the piece. It turns out I'd already seen Cedergren at least once before that - in Thomas Anders Jensen's The Green Butchers - but Dark Horse is where it became clear that he was one to watch. And he has rewarded audiences since, anchoring films such as the stellar Terribly Happy and Submarino while proving himself one of the most reliable performers in the region.Cedergren appears next in a Swedish production, the dramatic thriller Sanctuary (Faro) by Fredrik Edfeldt. Faro is about a man who flees into the forest with his daughter to escape a prison sentence. Chased...
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A few years ago I had the chance to see Fredrik Edfeldt's The Girl, a quiet drama of a little girl spending the summer alone. Edfeldt brilliantly played with expectation and suspicion, carefully setting up scenes that occasionally suggested horror to follow. It was a tense but rewarding watch and occasionally I still find myself thinking of the carefree youthfulness and beauty of Edfeldt's movie. [Continued ...] »
4 items from 2013
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