6 items from 2013
★★★☆☆ Mikael Marcimain's Call Girl (2012) arrives on DVD this week following a fruitful festival run, the highlight of which was bagging the Fipresci award at last year's Toronto Film Festival. Inspired by the 1976 Geijer Affair, this is an earnest yet curiously benign period drama about underage solicitation at the utmost stratum of Swedish politics. Set at a time when sexual abuse scandals were front page news and the misogyny within influential institutions was finally being exposed, Call Girl pertinently echoes modern society's mounting fear about the corruption festering at the highest echelons of state influence.
The plot focuses on two teenage girls, Iris (Sofia Karemyr) and Sonja (Josefin Asplund), who both find themselves drawn into a world of sleaze and tabloid scandal. Spanning the five months which foreshadowed Sweden's most inflammatory general election, Marcimain's drama combines a series of lurid flashbacks to illicit parties and courtroom hearings with a taut police procedural, »
- CineVue UK
Call Girl, 2012.
Directed by Mikael Marcimain.
A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.
Sweden has exported a number of excellent films in recent years. Most notably among these were Let the Right One In and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation (and subsequent sequels). They’ve both received the Hollywood remake treatment since of course. With that in mind the prospect of reviewing another film from the home of Abba, meatballs and let’s face it, most impressively of all, Dolph Lundgren, seemed like a winner.
Call Girl, set in 1970’s Sweden, tells the story of troubled young teenage girl, Iris. Her mother is unable to control her so Iris lives in care institutions, but struggling to fit in where-ever she goes, »
- Gary Collinson
Kick-Ass 2 (15)
The amateur Avengers return, though the sequel finds them weighed down by their superhero lifestyles, or is it audience expectations? The ingredients that made the first movie such a pleasure are all here – absurd alter-egos, ultraviolence, high-school angst, swearing – just minus the element of surprise. As a result, this incident-packed story struggles to recapture that balance between comic-book zaniness and real-world teen comedy.
2 Guns (15)
Two double-crossed undercover agents must unravel a convoluted conspiracy (and learn to get along, of course) in what could almost be a Lethal Weapon reboot. Washington and Wahlberg spark off each other nicely, which is all that's needed. »
- Steve Rose
It's all bad hair and worse sexual ethics in this visually sharp Swedish thriller about an infamous scandal
Mikael Marcimain's Call Girl is a downbeat conspiracy picture set in the Instagram-filter 1970s: bad hair, fag-ash, reel-to-reel tape decks capable of playing both cheesy disco and phone-tapped tape recordings, Volvos and Mercs the size of tanks pulling up outside fancy intercontinental hotels. It is an interesting if generic thrillerisation of a real-life prostitution scandal in Sweden in the 1970s involving government highups. The film goes further than what appears to have been reported at the time, specifically showing underage girls from a juvenile detention centre getting invited to "parties" and coerced into sex with senior politicians – a nauseating mix of Profumo and Jimmy Savile. Pernilla August plays the sinister procuress, Dagmar Glans, all too obviously horrified by her own declining charms and displacing this anxiety into her work, cooing creepily »
- Peter Bradshaw
The darker side to the 1970s sex industry has been explored extensively in film this year, with both The Look of Love and Lovelace taking a candid look into the seedy and precarious livelihood from such a time. However it’s no surprise whatsoever to see the Scandinavians handle the subject matter the most delicately and efficiently, in Mikael Marcimain’s compelling drama Call Girl.
Inspired by real events that shook Sweden in 1976, we delve into the life of the troubled 14-year-old Iris (Sofia Karemyr), who is sent to a juvenile home following bad behaviour. Escaping at nights to go out with her cousin Sonja (Josefin Asplund), the pair are soon enticed into a world of prostitution by the extravagant Dagmar Glans (Pernilla August), hand-picked to serve some of the most powerful men in Sweden – with political ministers amongst the upper class clientele. However as police detective John (Simon J. Berger) is on their tail, »
- Stefan Pape
Directed by Mikael Marcimain
Written by Mikael Marcimain
Sweden / Norway, 2012
In 2012, a controversy swept through Sweden based upon a film titled Call Girl. The film was based upon a real-life scandal in the 1970s, when a madam named Doris Hope was convicted of running a prostitution ring that serviced clients in the highest levels of government. The film asserted that Hope committed much worse crimes as well, with the assistance of many of the officials who employed her. Call Girl has finally arrived in the United States as a part of the Film Comment Selects film festival, and it’s not hard to see where the controversy came from. The film is well-made, but does little to earn its “inspired by a true story” title card.
Iris Dahl (Sofia Karemyr) is a 14-year-old girl who lands in a group home after her mother can’t keep her under control. »
- Mark Young
6 items from 2013
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