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Between Two Fires (2010)

A young mother with her daughter escapes child trafficking in their home country Belarus just to end up in a refugee camp in northern Sweden. In her vulnerable situation she becomes a easy ... See full summary »


Agnieszka Lukasiak
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Credited cast:
Magdalena Poplawska ... Marta
Simon Kassianides ... Ali
Kamila Nowysz Kamila Nowysz ... Anna
Leila Haji Leila Haji ... Anissa
Fredrik Ohlsson ... Bengt
Anna Chojnacki Anna Chojnacki ... Gosia
Johann Neumann Johann Neumann ... Jon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leif Backström Leif Backström ... Göran
Alicja Iwanicka Alicja Iwanicka ... Jadzia
Edward Iwanicki Edward Iwanicki ... Witek
Grzegorz Kowalczyk ... Jurij
Kenneth Paulsson Kenneth Paulsson ... Policeman
Nicklas Skarin Nicklas Skarin ... Policeman
Rachid Taha ... Singer
Mirjam Vöhrmann Mirjam Vöhrmann ... Lena


A young mother with her daughter escapes child trafficking in their home country Belarus just to end up in a refugee camp in northern Sweden. In her vulnerable situation she becomes a easy target for her surrounding. Soon enough she get put in front of extreme choices which turns her life to a nightmare. Written by Anonymous

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Poland | Sweden


English | Polish | Swedish

Release Date:

29 April 2011 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A living portrait of an awful choice
6 November 2010 | by gerrithollSee all my reviews

I had the chance to see this film months before its official release in Sweden, living in the town (Kiruna) where many scenes were shot, including some in my very own apartment block. But I did not like it for the fact that I recognise the pictures and some of the walk-ins. It really is a strong story, a good European drama story of world class. When the film was finished, the entire audience remained until the last title had been shown; a rare event in nowadays, proving that the film truly moves its audience.

Marta flees from a village in Belarus after her boyfriend sells her child to organised crime. They escape and end up in a remote, isolated asylum centre in the extreme north of Sweden. She is afraid of everybody, but does succeed to create friendships.

She manages to contact a woman from her village living in town, but soon finds out that things are not as she thought them to be. Bad vibes come across the viewer long before they reach Marta, thrown between hope and fear, joy and sorrow, as her application process proceeds through the usual stages. The film shows how many illusions newly arrived refugees have, and how little illusions are left as the harsh reality descends.

In Between Two Fires, Agnieszka Lukasiak has created a moving story starting with a woman fleeing from a dark, dark threat to her young daughters life, and culminating in a choice so grim, so impossible, that it leaves the audience with a sense of shock. Between Two Fires.

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