Call Girl is set in the late 1970s - a time time of women's liberation, sexual revolution, Swedish neutrality, nuclear power and social security. The film takes us on a trip from the very bottom of society, along dark back streets, through glitz and glamour, to the corridors of power which are a labyrinth of secrets. The story is inspired by a Swedish political scandal known as Bordellhärvan which linked underage prostitution with powerful customers believed to come from the highest levels of society. Written by
Great acting, especially from Pernilla August, that's why I don't give it a one. But if I just wanted to watch realistic people I wouldn't need to go to the cinema. I go to the cinema to laugh, be inspired, be emotionally moved, be scared, have my views challenged, be surprised etc. A given movie does not have to meet all these criteria to be good, one might be enough. But this movie doesn't meet any.
I read one professional review (Uppsala Nya Tidning) of this title saying that it was "exciting and emotionally captivating". I would say that the movie's total lack thereof is its main problem. It's extremely slow paced and its main themes are very familiar.
I am at a loss to understand why this Swedish movie has managed to receive unanimously great reviews from the Swedish professional reviewers. Makes me question their objectiveness. Or they may go to the cinema for entirely different reasons than I do.
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