EXEC PROD Fredrik Heinig
PRODS Patrik Andersson, Frida Jonason
SCR Lisa Langseth
CAM Simon Pramsten
ED Elin Pröjts
PROD DES Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth
PROD CO B-Reel Feature Films
In a crisis, should you look back at the past or forward to a better future? Lisa Langseth’s (Pure) haunting drama poses this question in its story of a young woman in mental disarray (Alicia Vikander, A Royal Affair) who turns her back on therapy and moves from hotel to hotel with a group of like-minded sufferers, searching for peace of mind. The trip starts as escapism and ends in self-discovery: these people have to flee the world in order to find themselves.
This is psychodrama at its most pungent. Vikander does an amazing job: there’s intensity in her calmest expressions and a superb control even at the extremes of her performance. She engages the camera with wide, imposing eyes that compel you to stare back. Star, director and ensemble cast create a drama that’s as physical as it is psychological, with touch often more important than speech. Langseth is working in a rich Scandinavian vein: the raging emotions and rich psychology join her to a tradition that stretches from Strindberg to Bergman to present-day masters like Lars von Trier and Susanne Bier. A film like this can only be made with the utmost respect: for its cast, for the issues it broaches, and for its audience.