Stockholm My Love is a city symphony, a love letter to Stockholm, the fiction debut of director Mark Cousins and the acting debut of musician Neneh Cherry. It follows one woman's footsteps ...
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Stockholm My Love is a city symphony, a love letter to Stockholm, the fiction debut of director Mark Cousins and the acting debut of musician Neneh Cherry. It follows one woman's footsteps through the streets of her native city, on a journey of recovery from a bad thing that happened to her exactly one year before. It's an exploration of grief, identity and the power of architecture and urbanism to shape lives, and a celebration of the power of walking and looking to make us all feel just a little bit better. With new music by Neneh Cherry, old music by Benny Andersson (of ABBA) and Franz Berwald, and images by Christopher Doyle and Mark Cousins.
This film is certainly not a drama, nor a musical (as the IMdB genre tags have it), though a dramatic event and music are central to its purpose. And it's not 'easy viewing'. It's been described here as boring and pretentious, and such a description cannot easily be dismissed. And yet, at the end I decided it had been time well spent, though perhaps a little less time might have been adequate for its task. Some of the images are very beautiful indeed and relate to the fact that the narrator (and only character) is an architect. She uses her reflections on certain places in Stockholm (especially churches) as a way of coming to terms with her involvement in a fatal road accident. Such a coming-to-terms is a slow and often repetitive process, and although at times the film is turgid, it ultimately feels meditative and redemptive.
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