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Border (2018)

Gräns (original title)
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A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

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Ali Abbasi

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John Ajvide Lindqvist (based on the short story "Gräns" by), Ali Abbasi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Melander ... Tina
Eero Milonoff ... Vore
Jörgen Thorsson ... Roland
Ann Petrén ... Agneta
Sten Ljunggren ... Tinas pappa
Kjell Wilhelmsen Kjell Wilhelmsen ... Daniel
Rakel Wärmländer ... Therese
Andreas Kundler Andreas Kundler ... Robert
Matti Boustedt ... Tomas
Tomas Åhnstrand Tomas Åhnstrand ... Stefan
Josefin Neldén ... Esther
Henrik Johansson ... Patrik
Ibrahim Faal Ibrahim Faal ... Vårdbiträde
Åsa Janson Åsa Janson ... Sjuksköterska
Donald Högberg Donald Högberg ... Receptionist
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Rated R for some sexual content, graphic nudity, a bloody violent image, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To transform into Tina, Eva Melander gained weight and spent four hours in the make-up chair. She would invariably start her make-up process at 2am every day. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, "Stockholms Hamnar" (Stockholm Harbors) is misspelled as "Stockholms Hamner". See more »

Quotes

Vore: Humans are parasites that use everything on earth for their own amusement.Even their own offspring. The entire human race is a disease, I'm telling you.
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Featured in The Oscars (2019) See more »

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På väg
Performed by Turid
Music by Shel Silverstein
Lyrics by Jan Hammarlund
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Original, but just a little too strange to really grab you
3 November 2018 | by themadmoviemanSee all my reviews

This is undoubtedly one of the strangest films I've ever seen, and although I cannot fault Border for being an original and striking piece, I can't say that it's the most enthralling film ever made either. Despite a unique and quirky premise, the film doesn't quite have the same depth in its originality, while some of its more disturbingly weird moments come across as a little too unpleasant, failing to wrap you up in the sense of bizarre wonder that could have made it a little more special.

So, the story revolves around a woman who works as a border agent, and her life as she experiences differences with those around her, as well as developing a bond with a more similar man. With a lot of prosthetic make-up, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff are transformed into rather brutish-looking people, but through their strange, almost animal-like behaviour throughout, they begin to feel closer and closer.

That's the part of the movie that works well - the sheer bewilderment you feel at watching two people act in the least human manner possible, and the intrigue that that breeds as you attempt to figure what on earth they really are, and why they act in such a strange way. It's a unique idea that the film pushes forward with confidence and persistence, and it definitely makes Border a striking watch throughout.

However, while it's an interesting and equally confusing film from the start, Border hits a little bit of a roadblock about halfway through, as it runs out of surprises to keep you enticed and weirded-out to the same extent as its opening act.

Moving at an incredibly slow pace, the film resists giving you too much information about the true nature of these two characters, but after a while, it just becomes a point of frustration rather than intrigue. And then when you do get somewhat more of a reveal, the film is then completely out of ideas and mystery for the remainder of its runtime, failing to engross you with any sense of wonderment in a final act that's a lot more unpleasant than it is mystical.

And that's my other big problem with Border: it's just a bit too weird. At its heart, the film tells a story about accepting and understanding who you truly are, but that central theme really pales in comparison to the stranger surface of the movie. However, in an attempt to keep surprising and intriguing you, the film goes all out with some of the most bizarre elements of drama and even fantasy, to the point where it actually becomes a little disturbing, and extremely uncomfortable.

Overall, then, I found Border an intriguing and immensely bewildering film. Starting strongly with a vague yet original premise, the film does unfortunately fall apart due to a lack of real depth, a painfully slow pace, and a disturbing desire to show the weirdest things it can possibly think of. It's a unique film that did grab me, but it's definitely not for everyone.


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kapellskär, Norrtälje, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,700, 28 October 2018

Gross USA:

$771,930

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,177,678
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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