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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 ...
Ali
Maria Lundqvist ...
Alis fru
Sasha Becker ...
Sara
Anni Ececioglu ...
Saras storasyster (as Anni Egecioglu)
Emil Odepark ...
Leo
Tintin Anderzon ...
Leos mamma
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Leos pappa
Eric Lager ...
Lillebror
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 ...
Gisslantagare
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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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A beautiful tragedy
22 October 2003 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film is truly a piece of art. The acting is superb. Especially I want to mention the young actors Emil Odepark (Leo, the outsider teenager) and Martin Wallström (Danne, the school bully). They both provide a lot to the heart and soul of the story. The message of the movie deals with choices we are forced to make in life, especially when all alternatives we have are bad, and the consequences we have to live with after the choices are made. This sounds very "deep", and indeed the storyline has several bottoms. Many questions are asked, and very few are answered. This movie makes you think.

In spite of the heavy subjects and the intellectual challenges, this film is never boring. In fact, I found it exciting from the first frame to the last. I can recommend this one to anyone who wants to see an exciting, well played, and well directed thriller that features more than good versus evil, hero versus villain. There are no heroes, and no villains, in this film.


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