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Firstly, this film has such a misleading title, that judging by the
audience around me, I wasn't the only one expecting this to be a funny
typically Swedish satire on middle class society and sex. Adding to
this, the still of two naked women with whips and a man in a gorilla
suit, as the PR for the film, you can also see how it was easy to make
that mistake. Was this deliberate on the part of the producers because
they knew that no one would actually go and see this film if they knew
beforehand what they could expect?
The premise of the story is a that a workaholic family man is too busy chatting on his phone as he drives home, to see his young son coming running towards him to greet him. The unfolding tragedy of the man, running over his son, being disowned by his entire family, including his wife, losing his home, his job, and ending up driving a taxi that he also sleeps in, and then mistaking a young woman's pity as love, is just about the most depressing example of how a life can go so seriously wrong, I can't think of another movie I've seen that was quite such a mood-killer.
The film was listed as a comedy. Er no. It isn't. And the attempts at humour are so heavy- handed, they fail miserably. Yes, the man in the gorilla suit does appear, he's a passenger in the taxi, but it's just too out there to really make any logical sense - let's stick a man in a gorilla suit in the frame, it'll make people laugh. This isn't a film where you should laugh. It's a film, where you walk away and want to punch someone!
A very dark and strong drama. Too bad the characters isn't more down to
earth. Of course this is a movie and everything has to be exaggerated
to have effect. But still such a good story and it all falls apart for
some mysterious reason.
This could easily be a fine movie with very good depth. But as it is made the depth is only in the background, you will only have a hint of the suffering the parents go through. Of course there are tears, but ... tears alone doesn't make a scene strong.
Sorry, people. I do not think that this is what we expect from Swedish movies.
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