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The Swedish Theory of Love review – a nation's obsession with self-sufficiency

23 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This anecdotal look at Swedes’ love of independence, and some of its less attractive consequences, never really coheres as a documentary

Film-maker Erik Gandini’s (Gitmo, Videocracy) latest docu-essay looks at Swedes’ obsession with independence and self-sufficiency and how this ideal, coupled with a welfare state that provides for every physical need, produces loneliness and alienation. Using an infographic plotted by social historian Lars Trägårdh that posits Sweden as the most secular and individualistic of societies, Gandini segues from theory to practice with a disjointed series of anecdotes. We meet sperm-bank donors and clients, state investigators trying to find the next of kin of old people who died alone and a suicide who wasn’t found for years because all his standing orders were paid automatically. By way of contrast, here are some nice Syrian refugees learning that, to make friends with Swedes, they must be on time, and there »

- Leslie Felperin

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