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"Self-reflective, internal and somewhat therapeutic..."

7/10
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway
10 July 2013

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 documentary feature.

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