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
The second half of the film is based on a true story. See more »
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 »
The War Is Over
written by Bucchieri/Levin/Maksic
Performed by SISTER (feat. Signe&Ragna)
Music & Lyrics by SISTER See more »
Good setup, lousy payoff
Starting out, I liked this movie's beginnings, with a reunion from hell unfolding like a scene in a play, in the same vein of Thomas Vinterberg's "Festen". However, as the film progresses, it becomes clear that the directors aim is not to create drama or a slice of life drama-documentary, but rather an attempt of cold, dialectic dissection between the bully(s) and the bullied.
The film only marginally succeeds at this, and the resolution is prehaps all too unsatisfying as a film seen in the cinema. It feels like a vanity project. The storytelling is self righteous and self-obsessed, the director being the main character of the film; she's surrounded by the 'actors' in her fake reimagination of a school reunion. Here her own performance isn't exactly giving us much to go on, and her backstory is only referred to sporadically, giving us little chance to sympathise. The other cast members play well enough, but they too, seem trapped by material that is too narrowly focused on analyzing, rather than showing the true consequences of bullying and abuse in institutions.
Shame for a film with a good start to fail so miserably in its execution.
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