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19 February 1993 (Sweden) See more »
This provocative, penetrating drama revolves around Jacob, a Jewish pyschiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, who meet accidently. Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration. | Add synopsis »
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Etienne Glaser ... Jacob
Simon Norrthon ... Sören the skinhead
Anna-Yrsa Falenius ... Raped Woman
Anders Garpe ... Sören's Father
Gertrud Gidlund ... Sören's Mother
Pia Johansson ... Nurse
Eva K. Johansson
Staffan Kihlbom ... Skinhead
Elin Klinga ... Girl at Consert
Ana Laguna ... Jacob's Mother
Gunilla Lilja ... Nurse
Magnus Lundblad ... Skinhead

Charles Maquignon ... Skinhead
Jesper Nikoladjeff ... Skinhead
Jan Ole Nordgård ... Skinhead
Hampus Ogus Näktergal ... Young Jacob
Jörgen Pettersson ... Policeman
Mikael Pettersson ... Policeman
Moktar Resaissi ... Refugee

Richard Sseruwagi ... Refugee
Helge Ström ... Doctor
Tobias Theorell ... Skinhead
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars Hansson ... Train Passenger

Directed by
Suzanne Osten 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Niklas Rådström  writer

Produced by
Christer Nilson .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Mokrosinski 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
Production Design by
Charles Koroly 
Makeup Department
Maria Johansson .... assistant makeup artist
Carina Saxenberg .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Falk .... assistant director
Art Department
Maria Håård .... property master
Per Johansson .... painter
Leif Nilsson .... construction manager
Birgitta Nolin .... assistant decorator
Thobias Pettersson .... carpenter
Kristoffer Sjöström .... painter (as Kristofer Sjöström)
Sound Department
Ulf Darin .... sound
Klas Engström .... sound mixer
Christer Melén .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Hans Harnesk .... special effects
Johan Harnesk .... special effects assistant
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Andersson .... electrician
Adam Bujak .... still photographer
Victor Davidson .... first assistant camera
Ted Lindahl .... grip
Alma Linder .... second assistant camera
Hans Rinning .... lighting technician
Mike Tiverios .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carina Saxenberg .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Stefan Eriksson .... negative cutter
Åsa Mossberg .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ivar Køhn .... location manager (as Ivar Köhn)
Other crew
Anette Ekholm .... production assistant
Kajsa Forsberg .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Tala! Det är så mörkt" - Sweden (original title)
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83 min
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Young Skinhead And A Jewish Doctor Discover They Have More In Common Than Just Their Hatred For One Another, 16 August 1999
Author: tony lefcourt

An eye-opening look at the racial tensions in Sweden is explored through the eyes of a young, angry skinhead and a bitter Jewish shrink who, following an awkward meeting on a train, form an uncanny bond.

The skinhead, played by Simon Norrthon, is an angry youngster who has found belonging in the skinhead revolution. Although, he partakes in the brutal attacks being committed, he truly doesn't believe in the validity of the movement in which he belongs.

A frustrated time bomb set to go off, the youth seeks counseling from, of all people, the jewish psychiatrist he met on the train. Hesitant at first, the skrink agrees to take on the youth as a patient.

Their is a definite chemistry between Glaser and Norrthon who spend the remainder of the film discussing their views on racism.

The film's writers decide to throw in both sides of the argument, the jewish doctor's and the skinhead's, and unlike so many other film's in this genre, it never becomes one sided. Tala! Det är så mörkt never declares that hating a race for whatever reason is wrong, instead it offers up reasons on why one would choose to funnel hatred through racism.

We soon come to understand why this youth is angry. In a chilling scene we watch as Norrthon is beaten bloody by his maniacal father.

The film comes full circle when the youth confronts the doctor on a train just minutes after saving him from a beating. In an interesting and poignant turn-around, his anger is that of a person worried for the safety of a friend, not of a racist.

Where Romper Stomper and American History X over-utilized violence in an attempt to push along the plot, Tala! Det är så mörkt makes good use of conversation and actually comes off as more thought-provoking in the end. A great film!

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