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A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Karemyr ...
Iris
Simon J. Berger ...
John
Josefin Asplund ...
Sonja
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Dagmar Glans
Anders Beckman ...
Roy
Sven Nordin ...
Glenn
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Aspen
Hanna Ullerstam ...
Mona
Sverrir Gudnason ...
Krister
Maria Alm Norell ...
Iris mamma Gunnel
Lena B. Eriksson ...
Socialsekreterare Britt
Jade Viljamaa ...
Minna
Julia Lindblom ...
Mari
Eddie Hultén ...
David
Tobias Ekelund ...
Moppekillen Tompa
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Storyline

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 Sparkleplanet

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Youth is seductive. Power is corrupt.

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€4,500,000 (estimated)
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This story is based on actual events. Only the names, locations, and some events have been changed. In the movie Pernilla August plays madam Dagmar Glans, in real life her name was Doris Hopp. Claes Ljungmark plays the minister of justice, in real life Lennart Geijer. David Dencik plays Aspen Thorin, in real life information officer Ebbe Carlsson. Magnus Krepper plays the prime minister, based on real life Olof Palme. Claes-Göran Turesson plays the chief of police, based on real life Carl Persson. See more »

Quotes

Dagmar Glans: We'll have another bottle. One for the girls as well.
Iris: What does one of those cost? A real lot, I'll bet.
Dagmar Glans: Aren't you the cutest.
Iris: Me? There's not much special about me.
Dagmar Glans: You're an extremely special girl. Do you like the clothes? I picked them out myself.
Iris: They're really nice
Dagmar Glans: Yeah. I only want you to have the best. Nothing off the rack.
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Bebop For The Loose
By Mattias Bärjed
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"Cinematic, atmospheric and noteworthy..."
12 July 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Swedish television and film director Mikael Marcimain's feature film debut which was written by Swedish screenwriter Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, is inspired by real events which took place in Sweden during the late 1970s. It premiered in the Discovery section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was screened In competition at the 23rd Stockholm International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-Norway-Ireland-Finland co-production which was produced by Swedish producer Mimmi Spång. It tells the story about a 14-year-old girl named Iris Dahl who after a meeting with a woman from the Social Welfare Board where she is accompanied by her mother regarding her no longer being wanted at her school, is sent to live at a juvenile home called Alsunda where she is introduced to a caring social worker named Mona and reunited with a former friend named Sonja. A police officer named John Sandberg who lives with his wife and their daughter named Greta in Stockholm, Sweden. A press officer at the Swedish Parliament named Aspen and a middle-aged mother named Dagmar Glans who assists men by functioning as a service provider who connects them with women and girls and ultimately profits from it.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Nordic filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a nuanced and heartrending portrayal of a minor who after being invited to an arranged party by some of the girls at Alsunda and becoming known to a person who regards herself as the mother of all women whom she recognizes herself in, is manipulated and exploited by an adult who throws her right into the hands of the wolves and pays her to keep her lips sealed. While notable for it's distinct, various and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, production design by production designer Lina Nordqvist, fine costume design by Swedish costume designer Cilla Rörby and use of sound, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about sexual crimes against children, equality for women on the labour market and scandalous revelations concerning renowned Swedish politicians and other citizens on the higher steps of the hierarchical ladder which reached public awareness almost four decades ago and how the pillars of the nation addressed their people in that situation, depicts a dense and humane study of character and contains a great score by Swedish composer Mattias Bärjed.

This historic, at times humorous, modestly romantic and sociological coming-of-age period drama which is set in Stockholm, Sweden mostly before the upcoming general election in 1975-1976 and where an adolescent girl is lured into an adult world of sex, drugs and money, a brothel madam unscrupulously guides a defenseless girl into the loss of her innocence, a policeman is assigned on a one man's job to tail the manager of a prostitution business and a senior adviser is trying to cover up for government officials, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, efficient continuity, editing and instrumental tones, multiple studies of character, interrelated stories, the filmmakers' choice of emphasizing Iris' viewpoint, the authentic depiction of its illicit central milieu, the involving and commendable acting performance by Swedish actress Sofia Karemyr in her debut feature film role, the versatile acting performance by Swedish screenwriter, actress and director Pernilla August and the fine acting performance by Swedish actor Simon J. Berger. A cinematic, atmospheric and noteworthy political thriller which gained, among numerous other awards, the FIPRESCI Prize - Discovery at the 37th Toronto Film Festival in 2012.


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