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Before the Storm (2000)

Före stormen (original title)
This is a story of a disturbed normal life. In other words, it is a story that fear transforms the lives of the characters almost to destroy them. Ali is a man who comes from the Middle ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Per Graffman ...
Maria Lundqvist ...
Alis fru
Sasha Becker ...
Anni Ececioglu ...
Saras storasyster (as Anni Egecioglu)
Emil Odepark ...
Tintin Anderzon ...
Leos mamma
Leos pappa
Eric Lager ...
Nasrin Pakkho ...
Den kvinnliga kuriren
Caweh Passereh ...
Kurirens barnbarn
Mina Azarian ...
Alis förra fru
Ashkan Ghods ...
Alis son
César Sarachu ...
Gisslantagare (as Cesar Sarachu)
Reza Shojanyan ...
Gisslantagare (as Reza Shojaiyan)
Naser Ghofranifar ...


This is a story of a disturbed normal life. In other words, it is a story that fear transforms the lives of the characters almost to destroy them. Ali is a man who comes from the Middle East. Lives in Sweden, is a taxi driver and has two daughters. Leo is an unassuming boy classmate of one of his daughters. Both will live in parallel a descent into hell when fear is installed in their lives and consumes them from within. In the case of Ali, through a message that sends memories to a distant past as a terrorist he thought he had finally escaped; in the case of Leo, when a series of unfortunate coincidences lead him to shoot another boy who constantly torments him. Both characters have to face their fears or succumb to it. Written by bobbuckingham

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23 October 2009 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

In spite of a strange beginning with some hints and clues to what you're about to see, Före Stormen goes way beyond what you may even dare to think. This film is one of those gems from Sweden and Norway: A co- production that merges the views from a Danish-made Iranian filmmaker, and a very accomplished Swedish writer.

If you read the plot of this film, you will be very disappointed if you have the opportunity to actually watch it. It is, in my opinion, one of those scripts that could be a legend. Even when the subject matter of the film seems to be one we've seen many times, the pacing and the adding of extremely crafty and creative elements, make it a piece on its own, weaving a brilliant tragedy that could easily belong to any theatre in the world.

Visually, it's very straight-forward: No magic, no effects, no special polishing on anything. Perhaps it is this rawness and frankness of its photography and direction what makes Före Stormen even more appealing.

Be warned: it breaks many molds and goes to some of the darkest pits human hearts sometimes reach. Most disturbing is that this darkness resides in very young hearts.

Someone pointed out before me that this is a film that will make you cry even when you think about it... and that's true.

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