Director: Patrick von Barkenberg
Writers: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg
Stars: Andréa Winter, Patrick von Barkenberg, Martina Novak
Rating: 7.5 / 10 Stars
REVIEW – Think about this scenario. You are on a date. You think you know the date is going to go. All of a sudden, it just changes. It changes so oddly that you are not quite sure anymore about even if you are on a date. That is how I felt about this film. This film I thought was going to be a simple film to digest and talk about. This film is anything but smart. The genre it falls into is pieces of so many genres. It has elements of horror mixed with a deeply involving character development that peaks this absurd humor. All the while, swimming in a very sexual pool. This film wants you to build anticipation of what you think is coming with a sense of comfort only to pull it out from you. This film really pays off with a well thought out script. You can tell a lot of thought was put into each scene and how they play out. This film likes to stick the audience with a knife and then twist it and turn till you are trying to figure out how the knife not only got there in the first place but how can it leave. To call this film unusual may be a huge compliment. This film feels like peeking through the keyhole to a life that you know is heading towards an unpredictable car wreck. Robin Richards is our soul in the film. She is a writer who seems nice enough but we feel for her. She listens to her publisher and goes to Sweden to find inspiration for writing another book. We learn that this place is anything but a calm place for writing.
We watch the locals just get weird. This film gets weird. The humor that is sprinkled in the film also feels very oddly put. As a viewer, we tend to watch and share our reviews on what we watch. What happens when we watch a film that comes across almost like a huge spoiler that if we go too far into it, it spoils the surprises and texture of this film? So sorry about the vague review, I will say this, you will thank me once you watch it. Do not even watch the misleading trailer. You will be ready for a story to go into one direction. This film is creative and unique, but yet smart and calculated. It has a very odd sexual vibe to it that made me cringe in a weird way. This film at times reminded me of a perverted Calvaire. This film is a journey into a dark place that some of us may not want to go into. The ones who do, may enjoy this little detour to therapy. All in all, I like the film and would recommend it. That being said, this film is going to open up a lot of debate and people not being so patient with the story.
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