Holiday

Critics Consensus

Holiday is challenging, but filmgoers interested in taboo-testing cinema should find this one picture whose provocations are justified by a genuinely meaningful story.

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Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of luxury, recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the "family" of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riveria. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life for this gangster family, but when the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone, Sascha's eye drifts towards the "normal" life she is leaving behind--is it possible she could still be accepted by polite society?

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (7)

  • Some metaphors are a little obvious but still, by the end you feel you know this waif through and through.

    Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An icily accomplished drama about sexual violence, toxic masculinity and toxic femininity, in a pretty familiar Euro-hardcore style not dissimilar to the manner of shock veterans such as Ulrich Seidl or Gaspar Noé.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A very fine debut, if a little one-note.

    Jul 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to tell whether [Eklof] intends to communicate something genuine about the human condition, or just shovel hostility at her audience.

    Feb 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Holiday" refuses to cast judgment on its protagonist with its stark cinematography and long takes, letting lead Victoria Carmen Sonne's subtle performance shine in this crime drama about imbalances of power.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Eklöf] has the provocateur's gift for images that needle, nettle and stick, well before their message locks firmly into place.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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