[quote]I saw this movie a week or two ago at the Seattle intl film festival and it was one of my favorites.
The characters were all very funny in a clumsy and idiosyncratic sort of way. Much like a Coen bros. movie plot they are a bit too dumb and small-town-naive to pull off their objectives without screwing themselves up, but that’s what makes it funny, right?
The dialog was great as well, with a few funny Tarantino-esqe side narratives. In fact, the screenplay also reminded me of Tarantino or Guy Ritchie films as it jumped around chronologically and repeated some of the story from different characters’ perspectives.
I imagine if you like those directors (well, who doesn’t?), you’d find this one very worth your while as well (although a bit less stylized and certainly less violent then most of Tarantino’s work which I happen to think is a plus!) [/quote]
[b]A SWEDISH LOVE STORY [/b]
[quote]have seen quite a lot of movies, all genres, all ages, but no one comes even close to touching my romantic side as much as this one. I had never heard of the film or director when I was about to watch the film at the local film enthusiast club, but I, as well as everyone else around me it seemed, wanted to know more after having seen this. Quite simply the sweetest, most natural projection of true young love on film. Ever.[/quote]
[quote]Young Swedish director Ruben Östlund made a strong debut with “Gitarrmongot”. It was a very personal way of narration. In “De ofrivilliga” he gives even more promises.
Five episodes, involving five very different kinds of Swedish people. But they get one thing in common and that is a very destructive group pressure in very different ways. The acting is really superb, although you hardly have seen any of these people on the screen before, with the exception of Maria Lundquist.
Östlund works with very special camera angles. Sometimes you don’t see the heads of those who are talking. Sometimes you will have to look around for a couple of seconds to find the main character, who is somewhere else than you’re used too. This is a challenging movie in many ways, which makes you think and feel. And there are truly strong thoughts and feelings. [/quote]