Sami Blood Reviews

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October 10, 2019
While structurally familiar in all its narrative beats, Kernell's film is also inherently unique regarding not only the particular populous it represents, but sincerely affecting as a testament to the tribulations associated with the act of "passing."
March 1, 2019
A deeply respectful, yet upsettingly incendiary offering, Sami Blood is sure to make an impact when it lands. A very promising debut.
February 15, 2019
Thankfully, this film stands out for all the right reasons.
August 6, 2018
Although the film's impact may be different for each viewer, the universal theme of struggling for acceptance is felt by all, and Sami Blood is a terrific example of this feeling portrayed onscreen.
July 16, 2018
At its best, Sami Blood can be read as an especially remarkable footnote about that complex relationship between bodies and the cinematographic framing that appears every so often in film theory. [Full review in Spanish]
June 28, 2018
Although it's a just film... it takes a long time to gain momentum and when it does it lacks the intensity necessary to distinguish it from other works with a similar theme. [Full review in Spanish]
December 29, 2017
With her youthful hope poisoned by guilt, writer-director Amanda Kernell's camera stays on the teenager, so scenes have a simultaneous sense of discovery and reckoning that's grounded in documentary-like observation and adolescent rites.
October 23, 2017
With its flaws comes a wonderfully evocative atmosphere, full of instilled feeling that normally comes with the territory of remembering: nostalgia, ruefulness, yearning.
October 3, 2017
The film deftly portrays the alienating effect that vicious institutional and personal prejudice has...
August 30, 2017
Composed and compelling in its many forms: as a snapshot of Scandi cultural conflict; [and] as a character study of a girl finding her way in an unkind world.
July 24, 2017
Sami Blood really relies on the arresting performance of newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok.
July 19, 2017
Sami Blood gets a solid recommendation from me based on the strength of its lead character, and the interesting angle and added layers to its very familiar premise.
July 7, 2017
Lene Cecilia Sparrok's performance is a showstopper.
June 30, 2017
Kernell leaves you with a people you'll want to know better and a heroine you won't soon forget.
June 29, 2017
An eloquent coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden that revolves around a spellbinding performance by young Lene Cecilia Sparrok.
June 29, 2017
"Sami Blood" is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance. It has the feeling of a distant memory - one that is neither entirely pleasant nor painful, but persistent.
June 29, 2017
Although the film's setting and subject matter may seem a world away, it's an all too familiar tale of assimilation and alienation.
June 28, 2017
A stark setting provides the backdrop of a stripped-down story of survival and rebirth.
June 13, 2017
Filmmaker Amanda Kernell's work does a great job of acknowledging the storm of adolescent yearning for acceptance and the relief that being normal allows. Kernell applies a new lens to White Europe's bat-shit mechanisms to maintain genetic purity.
June 2, 2017
The film's success comes from how Kernell's skills as a director match the ambitions of her script.
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