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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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Swedish

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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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Good setup, lousy payoff
20 May 2014 | by ExploringFilmSee all my reviews

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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