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The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class family, with a house in a suburb, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and anxiety between Rune and Gunnel will disappear. However, instead of spending time with his family, Rune finds himself attracted to a young man, Petrus. Whatever happens next, Rune realizes, it will be like it never was before. Written by
Brilliant story about a middle-aged man's life-crisis when he realizes that not only he doesn't love his wife, but he may be gay as well. This film is not about homosexuality, rather it is about escaping the cage social rules and expectations have forced you into and accepting who you really are.
Loa Falkman as the frustrated family father Rune Runeberg is very good. Stina Ekblad as his wife however is brilliant, portraying a house-wife in the middle of a crumbling marriage, trying to salvage what can be salvaged.
The script is witty, sharp and very spot-on, detailing the Swedish middle-class suburban hell as we expect from Jonas Gardell. We have some laughs at the expense of the family as their problems get them into various absurd situations, but the next instance we choke on them instead when it dawns upon us just how unhappy the main characters are with their lives.
As the main song goes; "What I was looking for, and what I found instead."
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