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King of Ping Pong (Ping-Pongkingen) Reviews

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August 13, 2012
Pretty good Swedish film (I was surprised it was that good) - well worth watching.
December 19, 2010
Details on spot, soundtrack, staging and very well thought shooting. With just right amount of edge and twist. Everyday life, communication breakdowns and adult problems portrayed like in best of Mike Leigh -films.
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
½ May 23, 2010
So, what if the Swedes made a version of "Napoleon Dynamite" only as a drama? Chubby kid Rille (Jerry Johansson) is in charge of the ping pong table for 4th graders at a community center. He lives with his hard-working, long suffering mother, and out-going and popular brother. Throughout the movie, you're waiting for him to snap, and although he sort of does, it perhaps says more about the nordic temperament that he doesn't (if this were a U.S. film, he'd probably blow up the school or something). He doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, not with kids his own age, not with girls, not even with his own family (his brother and rugged, scuba-diving father seem almost identical while he feels he's the odd man out). His mother brings home the town's laughingstock, a man nicknamed "Road Gunnar" (nicknamed thus because of a failed road construction he was planning- it's failure leading to his nervous breakdown), who, when Rille overhears a conversation between he and his mother, begins to suspect that Gunnar is his father. Meanwhile, the quiet, studious girl Rille has a crush on draws pictures with an innate focus on the male form, and his estranged father turns out to be more than a rogue, he seems to be a drunk as well. While there's alot crammed into this movie, it seems to move at a glacial-like pace, and it's tough to generate much excitement over what does happen when it happens. However, there does seem to be genuine emotion at stake, and the characters are portrayed in a realistic fashion. The King of Ping Pong is a mild enjoyment, nothing ground-breaking, but I don't think it's trying to be.
October 6, 2009
Nothing like a Swedish Ping Pong film to make me cry. Odd little movie, but still liked it.
July 3, 2009
a sad story. i loved rille's way of bouncing back from the bullying (the scene at the korvkiosk in the beginning) and how he took care his brother. the colours/light in this movie puzzled me a bit, but was a nice touch all the same.
½ June 11, 2009
The cinematography is ace, so the film wins points on style. The screenplay could have been rewritten a couple more times. Difficult to get into.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2009
I expected much more from this one.
May 31, 2009
To the dlicate childhood.
May 4, 2009
DR Premiere 4 stjerner
April 6, 2009
Greit lite ungdomsdrama som heftes av litt slakt skuespill og sakte progresjon. Eksplosiv slutt.
½ March 15, 2009
sämst film. dålig skådisar
February 28, 2009
Fin lille subtil film, skøn kølig farvekomposition i billederne...
February 4, 2009
This is a sweet coming-of-age story. Set on a beautiful snowy stage and accompanied by a Hitchcockian soundtrack that creates tension and moods of grandeur you wouldn't think the quietly calculated scenes could produce alone. A small town family story portrayed by a great cast, the ping pong is just one small piece of the double-sided puzzle. I look forward to seeing more from Jonsson. Great choice of music and Wes Anderson style of shooting of some scenes.
½ February 2, 2009
started slow but it developed into a good movie about the dynamics of this family.
February 1, 2009
Preteen life is painful. The story is based more on family than ping pong. That's Ok.
January 31, 2009
So, what if the Swedes made a version of "Napoleon Dynamite" only as a drama? Chubby kid Rille (Jerry Johansson) is in charge of the ping pong table for 4th graders at a community center. He lives with his hard-working, long suffering mother, and out-going and popular brother. Throughout the movie, you're waiting for him to snap, and although he sort of does, it perhaps says more about the nordic temperament that he doesn't (if this were a U.S. film, he'd probably blow up the school or something). He doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, not with kids his own age, not with girls, not even with his own family (his brother and rugged, scuba-diving father seem almost identical while he feels he's the odd man out). His mother brings home the town's laughingstock, a man nicknamed "Road Gunnar" (nicknamed thus because of a failed road construction he was planning- it's failure leading to his nervous breakdown), who, when Rille overhears a conversation between he and his mother, begins to suspect that Gunnar is his father. Meanwhile, the quiet, studious girl Rille has a crush on draws pictures with an innate focus on the male form, and his estranged father turns out to be more than a rogue, he seems to be a drunk as well. While there's alot crammed into this movie, it seems to move at a glacial-like pace, and it's tough to generate much excitement over what does happen when it happens. However, there does seem to be genuine emotion at stake, and the characters are portrayed in a realistic fashion. The King of Ping Pong is a mild enjoyment, nothing ground-breaking, but I don't think it's trying to be.
January 31, 2009
So, what if the Swedes made a version of "Napoleon Dynamite" only as a drama? Chubby kid Rille (Jerry Johansson) is in charge of the ping pong table for 4th graders at a community center. He lives with his hard-working, long suffering mother, and out-going and popular brother. Throughout the movie, you're waiting for him to snap, and although he sort of does, it perhaps says more about the nordic temperament that he doesn't (if this were a U.S. film, he'd probably blow up the school or something). He doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, not with kids his own age, not with girls, not even with his own family (his brother and rugged, scuba-diving father seem almost identical while he feels he's the odd man out). His mother brings home the town's laughingstock, a man nicknamed "Road Gunnar" (nicknamed thus because of a failed road construction he was planning- it's failure leading to his nervous breakdown), who, when Rille overhears a conversation between he and his mother, begins to suspect that Gunnar is his father. Meanwhile, the quiet, studious girl Rille has a crush on draws pictures with an innate focus on the male form, and his estranged father turns out to be more than a rogue, he seems to be a drunk as well. While there's alot crammed into this movie, it seems to move at a glacial-like pace, and it's tough to generate much excitement over what does happen when it happens. However, there does seem to be genuine emotion at stake, and the characters are portrayed in a realistic fashion. The King of Ping Pong is a mild enjoyment, nothing ground-breaking, but I don't think it's trying to be.
January 26, 2009
I was expecting more ping pong, but maybe I missed something. Made me cold throughout. Loved the paleness of absolutely everything. And the cats.
½ January 18, 2009
Seig film ispedd morsomheter. Merkelig utvikling, men aldri direkte kjedelig, selv om karakterene flyter ut etterhvert.
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