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The Reunion (2013)

Återträffen (original title)
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A famous artist isn't invited to her class reunion. She makes a film about what could've happened if she had gone there and confronted her bullies, and later shows that film to her former classmates.

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Anna Odell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Odell Anna Odell ... Anna
Anders Berg ... Anders
David Nordström David Nordström ... David
Erik Ehn Erik Ehn ... Erik
Fredrik Meyer Fredrik Meyer ... Fredrik
Kamila Benhamza Kamila Benhamza ... Camilla
Lena Mossegård Lena Mossegård ... Lena
Malin Levanon ... Malle (as Malin Vulcano)
Mikaela Ramel Mikaela Ramel ... Mikaela
Minna Treutiger Minna Treutiger ... Minna
Niklas Engdahl ... Nille
Rikard Svensson ... Rikard
Robert Fransson Robert Fransson ... Robban
Sara Persson Sara Persson ... Sara
Ulf Stenberg Ulf Stenberg ... Ulf
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Anna Odell, a famous artist, doesn't get an invitation to her class reunion. She then makes a film about what could have happened if she had gone to the reunion and confronted her former bullies. Later she shows the made-up filmed confrontation to her former classmates, and documents their reactions. Written by Will

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15 November 2013 (Sweden) See more »

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The second half of the film is based on a true story. See more »

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In the first scene were Anna is running with Stockholm in the background (about 57 min), the image is mirrored. The view depicts Skeppsholmen from Katarinavägen, but Anna, that seems to be running eastwards, is approaching Gamla stan, which is to the west. See more »


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Clumsiness that works: unorthodox film about bullying, decades on
20 January 2014 | by pivicSee all my reviews

At a school reunion, a person starts speaking about how she was bullied throughout their nine years together. That's how this film starts; the plot obviously reminded me of Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration", but they differ, mainly because of two facts on the side of "The Reunion": a) it's supposedly based on facts that happened to the lead character/the director, Anna Odell, and b) it's cut into two parts. Odell treats this film as an art project, and as such, it loses some to her non-acting skills but wins a lot due to its quite non-sentimental views of what school gave and took away; by "school" I definitely mean the pupils, the teachers and the parents.

The unorthodox build of the film and Odell's clumsiness works to the film's advantage. The real strength of the film is, I think, where it displays some ugly sides that most humans try to hide when the magnifying glass is upon them; bullies play down the blame, the guilt and responsibility, while the obvious victim is shunned, and history is repeated. All are responsible and no-one can say their "child self" is another part of some universe that is not touched by their current responsibility and mental state.

Social structures, meeting your demons, fleeing your guilt, it's here.


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