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Becker - Kungen av Tingsryd (2017)

Becker runs a business in Tingsryd, Småland, Sweden, specialized in garden furniture. In fact he sells everything you can make a profit from, including black labour from the Baltic ... See full summary »

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Martin Larsson

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Martin Larsson
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Credited cast:
Hampus Björnsson Hampus Björnsson ... Festknarkaren
Caroline Borg Caroline Borg ... Daughter
Jan Coster Jan Coster ... Handlaren
Nour El-Refai ... Sara
Henrik Lilliér Henrik Lilliér ... Becker
Karin Lithman ... Maria
Peter Lorentzon Peter Lorentzon ... Stefan
Estelle Hadir Löfgren Estelle Hadir Löfgren ... Amanda
Marcin Nawrot Marcin Nawrot ... Byggledare
Maria Alm Norell ... Linda
Hanna Normann Hanna Normann ... Rebecka
Torkel Petersson ... Frank
Emil Pettersson Emil Pettersson ... Killen i spelbutiken
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Morten
Sonja Richter ... Tanja
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Becker runs a business in Tingsryd, Småland, Sweden, specialized in garden furniture. In fact he sells everything you can make a profit from, including black labour from the Baltic countries. Becker, who is driven by his obsession with money and consumption, has built a local empire with his lucrative business. Now his business is being threatened, both from the in- and the outside.

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Music "Du och jag mot världen" by Peter LeMarc See more »

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Features Snipp, Snapp, Snut (2016) See more »

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Wobbly and Tasty as Watermelon
17 August 2020 | by soapytigerSee all my reviews

I see this film has taken some bad reviews, but I genuinely disagree. I would guess that most of those who have rated this film are Swedish, and that this film did not measure up to some standard of expectation.

As an outsider living in Sweden, this film lands extremely close to the bizarre types of interactions and situations I've experienced. Nothing feels connected to anything, the rules are unspoken, off-center, and seemingly arbitrary.

There is a saying which has been offered to me on several separate occasions by different random people I've met; An American is like a peach, very soft and fuzzy and gooey on the outside, but stone-cold and hard at the core (friendly, but ultimately unmovable). A Swede is like a watermelon, very hard and thick on the outside, but once you get past that, it's soft, watery and gooey everywhere on the inside (difficult to know, but internally smooshy).

That feeling was captured in this film, far better than I've seen in other Swedish films. I imagine that a Swede would wholly disagree with my take, choosing not to allow a solitary mention of a perceived wobble in their collective self image. However, as one who was not raised within the Swedish culture I live in and with, the oddity of this film and its rhythm are both familiar and enjoyable.


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