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The economical/ecological paradox at the heart of tyro helmer Sofia Norlin’s impressive “Broken Hill Blues” could not be clearer: The northernmost Swedish town of Kiruna fiscally depends on the iron-ore mine that is dangerously undercutting the town’s very foundation, leaving its youth anxious and bereft of options. Extraordinarily evocative of place as it juxtaposes primeval nature and complex industrial formations, and acted with convincing adolescent angst by a cast that includes non-pro locals, the film lacks only narrative clarity, its minimalist story threads and similar-looking characters proving hard to follow. But Norlin’s compelling imagery weaves its own hypnotic throughline, marking her as a director to watch.
In both reality and Norlin’s fiction, Kiruna stands on unstable ground and must be relocated, but no one knows quite when or where, enveloping the townfolk in perpetual uncertainty. Throughout the film, dark rumblings break the silence and the earth trembles, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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