Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Release Date: May 12, 2011 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 104
Writer and director Ruben Ostlund explores issues of race and class in contemporary Sweden in this drama inspired by a true story. Anas Abdirahman, Yannick Diakite, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu and Kevin Vaz play a group of boys between the ages of 12 and 14 who come from African immigrant families; the boys are well aware of the stereotypes that follow black youth in a nation like Sweden, and they use them to intimidate other boys their age. The kids target three other boys -- two white
May 12, 2011 Wide
AB Svensk Filmindustri
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Play isn't much fun, but it does skewer the way in which modern selfishness creates social division.
There's something uneasy about the knife-edge Ístlund is working on, and his film is overlong and inadequately focused.
We get what we're given in each frame, and are constantly made to guess what might be happening off-screen, why, and to whom.
The truth-based story moves at a slow, nerve-paring speed: that is its genius.
It's audacious, unsettling and perceptive, even if ultimately it poses more questions than it answers.
An unsettling film that uses long takes and a still camera to capture real-life incidents that have caused huge controversy in Sweden.
Childhood pain is perhaps best left forgotten-but director Ruben Ístlund prefers to rub your face in it.
Asks questions that are impolite in a progressive liberal society like Sweden
Confronting the viewer with issues of race, it's an unsettling night at the movies, and yet absorbing, with a deliberately controversial script that tiptoes away from the inflammatory.
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