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Mika Berndtsdotter Ahlén,
Swedish actress and director Pernilla August's feature film debut which she co-wrote with Swedish screenwriter Lolita Ray, was shot at Ystad studio in Sweden and is an adaptation of a novel from 2006 by Swedish-Finnish author Susanna Alakoski. It premiered in Sweden, was screened at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and is a Swedish production which was produced by Swedish screenwriter, producer and director Ralf Karlsson and Swedish producer Helena Danielsson. It tells the story about Leena, a thirty-four-year-old woman who is about to celebrate Christmas with her husband Johan and their two young daughters when she receives a call from Ystad county hospital. The voice on the other end of the line is her mother Aili whom she has not seen or had any contact with in a long time. Talking to her mother again brings back memories from a past that Leena has carried with her since the day she was separated from her younger brother Sakari, and when she learns that her mother is dying, Leena has to travel back to the small town where she grew up. As Leena's memories becomes more vivid, she begins to show Johan and their children a part of herself that she has kept private.
Distinctly and engagingly directed by first-time director Pernilla August, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws an intimate, involving and afflicting portrayal of a woman, emotionally scarred by her childhood, who has to try reconciling with her mother whom is terminally ill and a past marred by her parents' turbulent relationship. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by Danish cinematographer Erik Molberg Hansen, production design by Swedish production designer and art director Anna Asp and costume design by costume designer Kicki Ilander, this narrative-driven, compassionate and psychological story, depicts an incisive and internal study of character which examines themes like coming-of-age, family relations, immigration, betrayal and class distinctions, and contains a timely score by composers Sebastian Öberg and Magnus Jarlbo.
This moderately humorous, atmospheric and deeply moving family drama which is set against the backdrop of a town in southern Sweden in the 1970s and which was chosen as Sweden's official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011, is impelled and reinforced by its efficient narrative structure and the heartfelt and involving acting performances by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Swedish actor Ola Rapace, Swedish actress Tehilla Blad, Finnish actor, screenwriter and director Ville Virtanen and Finnish actress and screenwriter Outi Mäenpää. A humane and emotionally gripping independent film which gained, among other awards, the International Critic's Week Award at the 67th Venice Film Festival in 2010 and the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2011.
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