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This film is an adaption of an autobiographical novel by Åsa Lindeborg
and tells the story of a daughters life growing up alone with her
alcoholic father. Experienced Swedish screenwriter, cinematographer and
director Kjell-Åke Andersson has with this made his ninth feature, a
The story starts when five year old Lisa, living in a block of flats in an industrial town in Sweden with her mother and father. The father, Hasse, is a metal worker and a periodical drinker. Soon his wife leaves him, after finding another man, and Lisa stays on with her father. She shows unconditional love and affection for him, despite of his flaws. We see his departure into strong alcoholism, as his health weakens, and the daughter see him slowly deteriorate.
The film is another beautiful depiction of Sweden in the seventies and eighties. The growing communist movement which was typical for the heavy industrial settings at the time, and the film gives a lovely glimpse of Sweden back then. The film is sometime emotional tense, and also bleak and dreary at times. But all in all it is a good time capsule, with some of the music which was typical for the time.
This film is telling how a daughter really loves her father despite his alcoholic tendencies, is highly influenced political. The acting performances by Mikael Persbrandt and Ida Engvoll is stunning. Maybe the best performance of Persbrandt yet. The film is more sad than tragic, but still quite uplifting on behalf of surviving such a situation. A fine film, but not entertainment.
Swedish screenwriter, cinematographer and director Kjell-Åke
Andersson's ninth feature film which was written by Swedish
screenwriter Pia Gradvall, is an adaptation of an autobiographical
novel from 2007 by Swedish author Åsa Lindeborg. It premiered in the
Open Zone section at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival in
2013, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Swedish production which
was produced by Swedish producer Franzy Suntinger. It tells the story
about a five-year-old girl named Lisa who lives in a six-story building
in a town in Sweden with her mother named Katja and her father named
Distinctly and precisely directed by Swedish filmmaker Kjell-Åke Andersson, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters' viewpoints, draws a consistently heartrending and reflective portrayal of a Swedish daughters' relationship with her father who is an industrial worker and who often has disputes with his boss whom he thinks is exploiting him. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Jonas Alarik, production design by production designer Ulrika von Vegesack, costume design by costume designer Cilla Rörby and use of sound, colors and light, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story where a child asks her father what a proletarian is after having listened to her politically involved mother's conversation with some friends, depicts two humane studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composers Gaute Storaas and Nicko Röhlcke.
This retrospectively political, somewhat historic and mindfully conversational drama which is set in Sweden in the late 20th century and where a father secretly tells his daughter that they are communists and one day they will travel to Cuba with his boat, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, atmospheric realism, gracefully gripping scenes between Lisa and Hasse and the authentic and understated acting performances by Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt and Swedish actresses Ida Engvoll, Saga Samuelsson, Ping Mon Valén and Tanja Lorentzon. A calmly cinematographic, dense and heart-shaped narrative feature.
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