The story is fairly simple, and rather common. A mix of Daisy Diamond and Submarino. it's still just as good as those two movies, and just as moving. It's so quiet and beautifully unintense you almost hold your breath so you won't disturb it. The harsh reality it portrays is presented with no embellishments.
It could have been better, and more memorable. And it could have offered the topic from a different, new angle. It's a safe movie in a way, too afraid to step outside its comfort zone. But it still remains an oddly good film.
Margreth Olin´s initial documentary of her friend Pia ended up as "Engelen" instead, her first movie. This is a very strong and full on movie that touches you deep down. I love Margreth Olin´s beautiful, personal and minimalistic visual language. She makes you feel close to the characters with a lot of closeups. I reckon she created a very open and safe environment for the actors to be able to portray the characters. The misery Lea has to go through from an early age is very tough to watch. All involved is doing a very very good job, exspecially Maria Bonnevie. She gives all what she got in her performance and I believe this is her best achievement so far. From the heartwrenching opening to the rough end. A movie to reflect over from all sorts of angles.
It's the downwards spiral portrait of a drug addict trying to clean up and regain some control in her life, at the same time it takes you back to see how she ended up like that, though it doesn't blame all of it in one simple thing, wich i found very real, issues this deep aren't just one turn in life...
The acting it's good, also it's the directing, very raw visuals, yet a little too much resemblance to documentary... the final part of the score it's great.
It's a good movie!, though i'm still campaigning for my personal favorite so far in this category for the season: the argentina runner up "Carancho", check my review on that one too!