The Girl (Flickan) (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Girl (Flickan)
A kind of quiet Scandinavian cousin (OK, twice removed) to Home Alone, in which patient viewers will find sporadic rewards.
Delivers a satisfying, sun-dappled fable about the kindness of strangers and the cruelty of peers.
The Girl -- a beguiling creation -- bodes well for the future for the helmer and his waif-like star.
Edfeldt and his extraordinary lead actor balance the scales by presenting this tragedy as a test of strength.
The pleasure lies in watching this observant, inventive child prepare to become a future artist before our eyes.
Audience Reviews for The Girl (Flickan)
Beautifully filmed, if thematically obvious, tale of a 9 year old girl who is left behind with her aunt when her family goes to Africa on a mission trip. But with her aunt runs off with a man she finds herself alone, forced to provide for herself, navigating what in many ways will be the last true summer of her childhood. It's never in question where the film is going, but director Frederik Edfeldt conveys the themes with such grace and often breathtaking beauty that it coalesces into a vibrant and lovely whole.
Like a Swedish Home Alone, only realistic and therefore not funny. A nine-year-old girl is left in the "care" of a selfish aunt who leaves her to go off with some guy by her equily selfish parents when they go to Africa to care for stranger's children. Most of the other adults are too wraped up in their own concerns to notice the steadily deteriorating state of the child, and the other children are generally too busy being prematurely sexualized by late 70s Swedish culture. Ultimately quite sad, though some small satisfaction in her survival is evidently intended.
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