An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The ... See full summary »

Director:

9 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Villmar Björkman, Linnea Cart-Lamy, Leif Edlund Johansson
Gitarrmongot (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Mikael Allu, Bjarne Gunnarsson, Erik Gustafsson
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An attempted bank robbery. Follows the thought process of two confused witnesses, the filmographer and the producer.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Bahador Foladi, Ramtin Parvaneh, Leif Edlund Johansson
Turist (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of friends watches as one of them attempts to jump into the water from a bridge.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Anette Andersson, Ingela Borgström, Martin Byström
Återträffen (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Anna Odell, a famous artist, doesn't get an invitation to her class reunion. She then makes a film about what could have happened if she had gone to the reunion and confronted her former ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Odell
Stars: Anna Odell, Anders Berg, David Nordström
Eat Sleep Die (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies.

Director: Gabriela Pichler
Stars: Nermina Lukac, Milan Dragisic, Jonathan Lampinen
Drama

People gather to city square, where there are no rules and you can do whatever you want.

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss, Terry Notary
Familj igen (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Catarina Östlund, Claes Göran Östlund
Nattbad (2006)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Rikard Björk, Anders Hansson, Nina Malmström
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Ruben Östlund
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anas Abdirahman ...
Anas
Sebastian Blyckert ...
Sebastian
Yannick Diakité ...
Yannick
Sebastian Hegmar ...
Alex
Abdiaziz Hilowle ...
Abdi
Nana Manu ...
Nana
John Ortiz ...
John
Kevin Vaz ...
Kevin
Jacob Ottander ...
Pojke i köpcenter
Herman Troeng ...
Pojke i köpcenter
Tobias Åkesson ...
Tågvärd
Peggy Johansson ...
Tågvärd
Humberto Guandinango Espinosa ...
Panflöjtsbandet
Luis Alonso Tuquerez ...
Panflöjtsbandet
José Jaime ...
Panflöjtsbandet
Edit

Storyline

An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'little brother number' or 'brother trick', involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence. Written by coproduction office

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Gra  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Panflojtsmusik
Performed by Pakary Taitacuna
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Atypical, but dullish and excessively documentary
5 April 2013 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Liberal upbringing, indifference in society, uncontrolled immigration from different continents, worship of fine goods - and so there are issues depicted in the film in question, mostly characteristic to Western societies. As children and teens are among most vulnerable strata, the topics mentioned above are reflected in an intensified and crooked manner. - for them, attempts for self-determination and acts of bullying are often intertwined.

Play is focused on one incident, but similar rackets occur and have occurred for decades, thus it is not astonishing or so; moreover, it is no secret that immigrant youth is more criminogenic than local one - it is nothing to do with racism, those evildoers could have easily come from the Balkans or Eastern Europe - by way of example of Sweden where youth gangs organized by race or ethnicity have become a serious issue in big cities.

Anyway, the depiction here is protracted and arid, some scenes are lacking reason, and the ending is numb. The cast is not impressive either, I would not recognize most of them in case I see them in other movies.

Thus, a mediocre movie to me, but it would be probably educational for families with children in multi-ethnic communities.


4 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WHY?!! yana-arkhipova
My analys of the bullies sneakguest
What was that music? karlasmailbox
Discuss Play (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?