Mika and Tesfay. She: a photographer. He: a musician. Both up-and-coming. The first love. But an invisible conflict, an unnameable shame, stirs between their sheets. An insidious power game is in play, with its rules changing like music beats at the parties in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Ibiza. Behind closed doors and beautifying filters lies a raw reality where Mika's control over her mind and body is at stake. But Mika rips apart relationship prejudices and explores what really makes our pulses quicken in matters of the modern heart.Written by
A modern-day love story that's told in a very non-Hollywoody nor typically Swedish-made way - thank Bog!
It's very lucid at the same time as being dreamy. I draw parallels to both "Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind" in a sense (although VERY slightly), as well as Andrew Haigh's "Weekend".
This film gets a lot of points out of feeling like an honest portrayal of how a relationship actually works. There are very, very few platitudes and droll moments here, if any. Metelius deserves a handful of awards for this film, not at least for having written, directed, starred, and edited it.
Also, notably, this film features a LOT of women who have made this film, making it kind of serve as a shut-up moment for people who somehow think women can't make film.
All in all, this is a film that I think would have made people like Michel de Montaigne and Antonioni proud. It's human, well-made, paced in an excellent way, and just very good.
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