It's the summer of 1975 and Stockholm is in the grip of a record heat wave. During daytime Juan packs fruit in the market place halls, as does his brother who he also lives with. In the evening he starts his second job as a cleaner in a fast food restaurant. His wife is coming to Stockholm in seven days time and then everything must be perfect. The lack of sleep and the oppressive heat make his loneliness more apparent. Early one morning his spot at the bus stop is occupied by a beautiful woman, Juli. After a couple of chance encounters the nightly meetings with Juli become the most important thing in Juan's life. God willing, fantasy can become reality.Written by
Daring, original and beautifully shot film about dreams, love and loneliness. Cool and relaxed tone. Minimalist. Plot is low-key. One is left more with a feeling of inspiration rather than a conclusive story. I believe this was intended, to let the audience muse a bit while watching the film, and to leave us more thoughtful than happy, yet charmed.
Long moments of silence and the dreamy sequences reflect the would-be-lovers' states of mind, as they are confused and falling in love. It's an efficient expression in the film.
Both the main characters seem vulnerable, and while the leading male role is somewhat gawky in a Chaplin or Roberto Benigni sort of way, there's definitely some Pacino going on as well. It's an interesting combination. Oddly enough, it works.
Cardigans-Nina Persson manages her debut as an actress playing the role of a Finnish tango-singer beautifully. She's a goddess, like Greta Garbo with a hint of Liv Ullman's warm glow. Her singing performance in the film is stunning, and The White Stripes' cover is quite awesome.
Final verdict: A for effort, B for grade.
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