Swedish. Boarding School. Bullying. That’s the gist of it. So the rest is about how it’s done and in particular the acting.
After about 20 mins, I found it easier to be interested but it’s one of those that I’d not have gone back to if I’d been interrupted. Not due to the actors who were incredibly believable, and not due to the plot which was both tense and anger-inducing. I think my problem was with me expecting similar script to American and British films where there are sound-bites and obvious good/bad teachers or at least some areas where there are good-turned-bad-turned-good people. This is a very obvious novel made for the screen and in the tradition of North Europeans it was probably done very sympathetically rather than with an eye on the schmaltz and money raking. There is none of that commercialism here so don’t expect this to be a parable.
So having established that it’s-not-you-it’s-me, I can recommend to anyone who has even a half-hearted interested in drama. Andreas looks cool and hits every mark with confidence and none of the other cast are out of place although I wouldn’t put any as outstanding, perhaps due to the subject matter.
Don’t let the title put you off, this is not sadistic or scary, it’s dramatic. Worth the one look I’d give it.
DVD Extras: None.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Not for me. I can see that it’s a drama some people would rave about but not me.
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug. It comes down to what you like in a film. It’s a marmite choice.