Sara, recently divorced and mourning the loss of her only child, rents her basement to Bogdan, a Serbian musician who brings the whole band along. As she learns more about her ex's ...
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Turning his back on a delinquent past and joining the police force, HP is determined to start doing the right thing. Soon he finds himself trapped in a web of lies, stretching out from both sides of the law. HP soon realizes that his present mission is closely connected to his own past, and that everything he worked so hard to escape from, is coming back to haunt him.
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Ane Dahl Torp,
Pia is coming home for Christmas after traveling in England for about 6 months. She wants to catch up with her boyfriend, Kristoffer, who was supposed to have joined her on the trip, but ... See full summary »
Sara, recently divorced and mourning the loss of her only child, rents her basement to Bogdan, a Serbian musician who brings the whole band along. As she learns more about her ex's infidelity, she wonders if Bogdan's lifestyle may be preferable to the manipulative starkness of her ex that ultimately lead to his murder. Written by
I saw this film at Sundance over a year ago, and I'm quite puzzled why it hasn't been released yet...you typically expect Swedish films about death and grief to be tedious and depressing exercises in audience endurance ("Italian for Beginners" springs to mind), but this was a sensitive, eloquent and elegiac film with an effective dash of eroticism; Lena Endre plays a recent widow who, after her husband's accidental death, forges relationships with her husband's previous lovers. In the process she begins a romance with a Serbian musician who moves into her basement. The film runs into a couple of creaky metaphors that keep it from hitting all the right notes - Endre's character lives in the home her husband built, a creepy and clinical modernist prison made out of cement; the blood stain from the husband's fatal fall lingers on the floor of the basement, a mess which Endre and the mistresses reluctantly clean up together - but the film as a whole is refreshing, honest and deeply satisfying. I hope to see it in art house theaters soon.
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