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Daybreak (2003)

Om jag vänder mig om (original title)
Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest ... See full summary »

Director:

Björn Runge

Writer:

Björn Runge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pernilla August ... Agnes
Jakob Eklund ... Rickard
Leif Andrée ... Mats
Marie Richardson ... Sofie
Ann Petrén ... Anita
Peter Andersson ... Olof
Sanna Krepper Sanna Krepper ... Petra
Magnus Krepper ... Anders
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Knut
Marika Lindström ... Mona
Camilla Larsson Camilla Larsson ... Helen
Peter Lorentzon Peter Lorentzon ... Torsten
Angelica Olsson Angelica Olsson ... Hanna
Hampus Penttinen Hampus Penttinen ... Peter
Johan Kvarnström Johan Kvarnström ... Jonas (as John Kvarnström)
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Storyline

Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then Richard's wife learns he cheated her with Sofie. Meanwhile ugly hag Anita trades drugs to afford a taser to use on her ex Olaf and his former physiotherapist. Workaholic builder Anders is disgusted by his grieve-deranged client Knut's plan and decides to spend time on his family, not just money. Written by KGF Vissers

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Same day, different lives...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreak See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,350, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,355, 13 February 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Auto Images, Film i Väst See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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Daybreak
Performed by Ebba Forsberg
Released by BAM
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A movie about lies
5 December 2003 | by MattiasSee all my reviews

Most of all, this is a movie about lies, about how people lie to themselves and the people around them. A heart surgeon is constantly lying to his loving wife, an older woman is lying to herself about who is to blame for her failings in life and a married couple are lying to themselves why their daughter has disappeared from their lives.

Director Björn Runge has shown his versatility for the bizarre and grotesque before, e.g. the short En dag på stranden (1993) and so yet again. Also, the script has neatly woven together the three stories, we move from one family to the other effortlessly - when one family is having dinner, so has the next one, when one family is shouting and screaming at each other, so does the next one.

Despite this, I have a nagging feeling that it could have been even better. The plot line itself, interchanging between unrelated people, is similar to Svenska hjältar (1997). And as far as Pernilla August is concerned, this is one too many roles as a cheated wife this year.


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