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Erika has it all: a good job, lots of friends and a secure relationship. Until the day it all falls apart. Suddenly this perfect life means nothing, and the feelings she once was able to control are no longer within reach. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people suffering from various forms of trauma. One day Erika and this eclectic group of four people decide to take matters into their own hands and heads off together in search of a way out. They start checking into hotels - a place of complete anonymity where one can wake up as a different person. Written by
"Densely cinematic and harmoniously atmospheric..."
Swedish playwright, screenwriter and director Lisa Langseth's second feature film which she wrote, is inspired by personal experiences regarding identity. It premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-Denmark co-production which was produced by producers Frida Jonason and Patrik Andersson. It tells the story about a mother-to-be named Erika whom after learning how her upcoming birth will affect the health of her and the father-to-be named Oskar's child, begins thinking about becoming someone else.
Distinctly and engagingly directed by Swedish filmmaker Lisa Langseth, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a remarkable and heartrending portrayal of Pernilla, Rikard, Ann-Sofi, Peter and Erika who connects after being introduced to each other in a conversation group. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer Simon Pramsten and production design by production designer Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth, this character-driven and dialog-driven story about handling pain and how much you can change yourself to become another person without losing yourself by a director whom is sincerely remembered for her commendable directorial debut "Pure" (2010), depicts a gripping and psychological study of character and contains a great and timely score by composers John Berthling and Andreas Söderström.
This appraisingly humorous, humanely reflective and lyrically romantic drama which is set in Gothenburg, Sweden in the 21st century and where newly acquainted members of a conversation group decides to realize their thoughts, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, the emphatic and poignant acting performance by Swedish actress and dancer Alicia Vikander, the sparkling acting performance by Swedish actress and musician Mira Eklund and the noteworthy acting performance by Swedish stage and film actress Maria Bjerkerud. A densely cinematic and harmoniously atmospheric narrative feature.
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