"Self-reflective, internal and somewhat therapeutic..."
Swedish screenwriter, cinematographer, producer and director Ewa
Cederstam's debut documentary feature which she wrote, premiered in
Sweden, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-Finland-Norway
co-production which was produced by Swedish screenwriter, producer and
director Stina Gardell. It tells the story about a 43-year-old Swedish
woman named Ewa Cederstam who lives in the capital of Sweden with her
husband named Petter and their adoptive son named Malte, and who wants
to free herself from something that happened to her twenty-five years
ago which she only has fragmented memories of.
Finely and intimately directed by Swedish filmmaker Ewa Cederstam, this
quietly paced and autobiographical documentary which is narrated by the
director who is also the subject and through her interviews with her
husband, her best friend, her parents and a woman named Annika, draws a
heartrending portrayal of a woman who was raped by a male stranger when
she lived in an apartment in Malmö, Sweden during the late 1980s. In a
kind of self-instigated attempt to put back all the pieces of the
missing parts in her memory, Ewa Cederstam conducts interviews about
the horrendous crime that has had a significant impact on her marriage
and her family for more than two decades which are as afflicting to
those closest to her as they are to her.
This unsettling and brave non-fictional feature which is set in
Stockholm and Malmö in Sweden in 2011 and where the filmmaker travels
back to the place where she was brutally assaulted to reconstruct the
crime in her own mind with the assistance of a police officer, is
impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, fine
cinematography by Swedish cinematographers Mattias Högberg and Martina
Iverus and the timely score by Swedish music producer and composer
Martin Landqvist. A self-reflective, internal and somewhat therapeutic
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