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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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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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9 November 2012 (Sweden)  »

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€4,500,000 (estimated)
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This film caused a massive controversy in Sweden due to the film alluding to that Olof Palme bought sex from underage prostitutes. Palme's son sued the filmmakers on the grounds of defamation but lost - however the filmmakers later agreed to cut the scene, which since appear much shorter and de-identified on all media (theaters, home video and TV). See more »

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Dagmar Glans: Damn it, so many guys have problems you knowI met this guy, who was impotent, and I said to him: "Give it a try with that girl, and then let's see if your impotent." Huh? They can't screw their own wives. Shit, sometimes Ive been thinking, maybe I should just call the the wives, have a chat with them, To fix it for them. But I only work with their old men so...
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Beautiful and provocative
24 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Call Girl' premiered in the UK yesterday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and earnt its inclusion with a clever narrative, great casting and an outstanding performance from Pernilla August.

August's portrayal of Dagmar Glans, or the real-life Doris Hope, was remarkably accomplished. Her interactions with the girls, police and politicians of 70's Sweden were entirely convincing. She is at once powerful and repulsive and cannot be ignored.

The film provides social and political context through multiple narratives that allow the audience to glimpse the story from the point of view of the girls, their guardians, Glans, the secret service and the politicians in equal measure.

The clever casting of a wide array of politicians allows the film to show both an intimate and distant side to their world. They are effectively juxtaposed with the girls that they use and, through this, come across to the audience as powerful, feared but flawed characters.

The soundtrack and wardrobe are also worthy of a positive mention.

For me 'Call Girl' is less enjoyable due to some exaggerated acting and plot jumps.

The representation of Simon J Berger's policeman 'hero' is exaggerated. His actions are enough for the audience to understand his noble intentions and his abrasive style. There is no need for the added swagger, the punch and the rock-star dress-sense that is bolted-on to this character.

The change which comes about in the friendship between Iris and Sonja is acted out unconvincingly by Sofia Karemyr and Josefin Asplund.

Also, the sequence at the beginning of the film which shows the press officer in Sandberg's office might confuse viewers. Instead the action could cut directly from the introductory TV interview to Iris and her mother.

This film taught and engaged me and I would highly recommend it. If you enjoyed this movie you may also like 'Shame' (2011).


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