6.5/10
4,036
18 user 47 critic

Call Girl (2012)

A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

Director:

Reviews
10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gentlemen I (2014)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Beaten up, bruised, and scared, a young writer hides in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its disappeared inhabitants: the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers.

Director: Mikael Marcimain
Stars: David Dencik, Sverrir Gudnason, David Fukamachi Regnfors
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Coming of age film that takes place in the Swedish archipelago during 70s about young Martin (Bill Skarsgård) who gets a summer job working at a hotel. The hotel manager Gösta (Peter Dalle)... See full summary »

Director: Hannes Holm
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Peter Dalle, Josefin Ljungman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama set in 1970s Sweden and centered on a young woman's experiences growing up in a home riddled with abuse and alcoholism.

Director: Pernilla August
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Outi Mäenpää
Lasermannen (2005)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Follows the Swedish serial killer and bank robber John Ausonius, nicknamed "the laser man".

Stars: David Dencik, Mats Blomgren, Sten Johan Hedman
Ond tro (2010)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Mona has just moved to a new town and a new job, when she witness a grisly murder. She's shocked but also fascinated, and when the police won't listen, she starts her own investigations.

Director: Kristian Petri
Stars: Jonas Karlsson, Magnus Krepper, Kristoffer Joner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Karemyr ... Iris
... John
... Sonja
... Dagmar Glans
Anders Beckman ... Roy
Sven Nordin ... Glenn
... Aspen
... Mona
... Krister
Maria Alm Norell ... Iris mamma Gunnel
Lena B. Eriksson ... Socialsekreterare Britt
Jade Viljamaa ... Minna
Julia Lindblom ... Mari
Eddie Hultén ... David
Tobias Ekelund ... Moppekillen Tompa
Edit

Storyline

Call Girl is set in the late 1970s - a time time of women's liberation, sexual revolution, Swedish neutrality, nuclear power and social security. The film takes us on a trip from the very bottom of society, along dark back streets, through glitz and glamour, to the corridors of power which are a labyrinth of secrets. The story is inspired by a Swedish political scandal known as Bordellhärvan which linked underage prostitution with powerful customers believed to come from the highest levels of society. Written by Sparkleplanet

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Youth is seductive. Power is corrupt.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

| | |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

9 November 2012 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Call girl  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€4,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Inspired by the non-fiction novel "Makten, männen, mörkläggningen" (The Power, The Men, The Cover-up) (2004) by Deanne Rauscher & Janne Mattsson. See more »

Goofs

The brown milk cartons briefly seen in the borstal's kitchen were not in use in 1976, but came a few years later. See more »

Quotes

Dagmar Glans: Damn it, so many guys have problems you knowI met this guy, who was impotent, and I said to him: "Give it a try with that girl, and then let's see if your impotent." Huh? They can't screw their own wives. Shit, sometimes Ive been thinking, maybe I should just call the the wives, have a chat with them, To fix it for them. But I only work with their old men so...
See more »

Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Nights on Broadway
(Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb)
Performed by The Bee Gees
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful people can silence everyone, even filmmakers today.

This movie is a fictitious account of the infamous "Geijeraffären" from the mid 70's where powerful men of the upper Swedish hierarchies, even ministers, bought sexual favors from young call girls, provided for them by a notorious brothel madam.

The movie has a strong theme, about how men in powerful positions feel they are entitled to almost everything, even buying sex from underage girls. The men of the upper classes' abuse of power and money is shown very clearly, and they don't shy away from threats or even murder to cover up what they have done. The real focus though is on the unfortunate girls from society's lower classes, who are abused by these men without a second thought, and this makes for horrendous viewing that really makes you feel uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, the film's theme has somewhat been overshadowed by a controversy between the filmmakers and the Palme family. The hot topic is whether the prime minister in film is a portrayal of former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme or whether it is merely a fictional character. After initially defending their work, the director Michael Marcimain cowardly and spinelessly decided to cut his film, removing a key scene in a hotel room. Unfortunately, this leaves a HUGE plot hole, and the ending of the movie doesn't really make sense the same way without it.

Since I watched the censored blu-ray version I had to do some research afterward to piece together the importance of the missing scene with the rest of the movie.

The movie is a beautifully shot period piece and a top class conspiracy thriller reminding me of Robert Redford's best efforts back in the 70s like Three Days of the Condor or All the President's Men. However, it's tragic how the filmmakers failed do defend their excellent work and decided to cut their own movie after pressure from the Palme family. This act of cowardice is a source of frustration for everyone who is forced to watched the censored version and unfortunately this takes away some of the attention from the powerful theme of the film and what the filmmakers really wanted to say.


24 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed