Tina, who has grotesque, almost animal-like physical features, has always felt self-conscious about her looks. Regardless, she has: a live-in boyfriend, Roland, a dog trainer, at her isolated house in the woods, although they have never had sex, and Tina's father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, believing he is solely using her; the unconditional love and support of her father; a small group of friends; and the admiration of her bosses and coworkers in her job as a customs agent at the airport, as she is literally able to "smell" human emotions, especially guilt and fear. It is using that innate ability that she stops a seemingly straight-laced person entering the country, he who was found to be carrying a memory card containing child pornography. As such, her immediate supervisor, Agneta, places her on a small investigative unit to discover the producers of this material. Tina is surprised when she is found to be incorrect about another person going through customs, Vore, ...Written by
Director Ali Abbasi holds an Iranian passport and, under 2018 US immigration laws, would not be allowed to enter the USA. However, he was granted an exemption to attend the Telluride Film Festival. See more »
In the end credits, "Stockholms Hamnar" (Stockholm Harbors) is misspelled as "Stockholms Hamner". See more »
I don't see the point of evil.
So you want to be human?
I don't want to hurt anyone. Is it human to think that way?
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If you liked the Norwegian movies Troll hunter or Thale, you'll also like this Swedish-Danish co-production, which has been a festival hit at both Cannes and Karlovy Vary, and probably a lot more festivals to come. You could say the Swedes and Danes seem inspired by the folkloric tales from Norwegian directors, having huge success the latter years.
Saw this at the screening in the Thermal grand hall (cap. 1150) and hardly any went away during the showing, due to the this film being quite captivating.
Border (Originally: Gräns) first appears to be a drama about an odd looking and rather strange woman in her late thirties with a seemingly unique talent in semlling fear, and she has a suitable job as a customs inspector at a Swedish ferry port. She can sniff out guilt, shame, fear and rage.
Off-duty, she is a loner, loving quietness in the woods close to her rural home, with a redneck living with her, in separate beds, and she visits her seemingly half demented father in a nursing home.
But one day she meets a man which looks surprisingly like her.
This is only the beginning, as the film now takes a slide into a different genre.
Director is Ali Abbassi, who has the equally strange concepts before in the movie Shelley. Well directed and well played.
This is far from being a comedy, but there are many funny moments and the audience had huge outburst of laughter.
The title "Border" is really well suited in all ways. Very much recommended, and really something else.
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