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Well made coming of age story
CurtHerzstark from Sweden
20 November 2011
Short summary of the film: Martin (played by Bill Skarsgård), a young
man is growing up in Sweden during 1970's. His family life is far from
happy because of his fathers(Björn Kjellman) drinking problem. On the
outside his father is a well respected civil servant but on the inside
he's , prone to manic depression, and abusive husband as well as an
Martins mother(Amanda Ooms) is weak, cannot stand up against her
husband and can only watch as the family slowly unravels in front of
her eyes. Martin wants run away and finally gets the chance when one of
his friends gets him a summer job(at a hotel) out in the Swedish
archipelago outside of Stockholm.
Martin quickly befriends Gösta(Peter Dalle)the hotel owner who becomes
a father figure for Martin, teaches him about life etc. But Gösta is in
involved in some very dangerous yet lucrative, highly dangerous
business on the side....
Rarely do Swedish cinema become this well made, as this crime
drama/coming of age story. This film is also loosely based on real life
crime story "The Sandhamn gang" that was brought down by the police in
The biggest surprise is the strong direction, acting and high
production values regarding set designs, clothes music etc. Director
Hannes Holm usually makes very mainstream Swedish rom coms, comedy
dramas, that hasn't made much impact on me but this is clearly(so far
at least)his best film.
Bill Skarsgård is the son of famous Swedish Stellan Skarsgård (his two
other acting sons are Alexander Skarsgård, Gustaf Skarsgård)does a
pretty good job but most impressive is the sourrounding cast; Peter
Dalle is very good(winner Goldbug award best male actor for this role),
Björn Kjellman as the alcoholic father etc.
The only criticism one can say is that screenplay has some flaws, the
story sometimes predictable, certain characters not that interesting
but overall a very good Swedish film, easily compared to international
productions such as: Lords of Dogtown (2005),A Bronx Tale (1993)etc.
Biggest surprise..? The dark, complex depiction of Swedish society
during 1970s, were no one seems innocent. Please check up on Ted
Gärdestads music on youtube, It'll be worth it, I promise.
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