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Stockholm, My Love (2016)

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Some of the best films ever made are about cities. Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, Rien que les heures, Man with a Movie Camera, Manhattan. Stockholm is one of the world's great cities, yet there are surprisingly few films in which it has played a central role. Even Ingmar Bergman preferred the archipelago. I wanted to try to make such a film; to capture the city's urbanism, cinematic vistas, changing weather and luminosity, the poetics of the place, its social history, complexity and dreamscape. Stockholm My Love is a film about recovering from a bad thing. Just as Jean-Luc Godard's 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her is about the city of Paris and also about a woman, so our film is about the city of Stockholm, and about a woman. Alva Achebe (played by Neneh Cherry, in her first movie role) is a fictional Swedish architect in her late 40s. She's haunted by tragedy, walking the streets, playing truant from her life, trying to get lost. But her steps just lead her back to the very thing she's trying to forget. Why this storyline? Because walking is the best way to see a city, to enter its maze. Because the hammer-blow of trauma creates what Robert Louis Stevenson called "a thousand coloured pictures to the eye." Alva has had one of the most visually and emotionally intense experiences of her life. As she walks through the city, she sees it as it is today, and also as it was in previous decades. She remembers the fun and fear it made her feel. The cityscape and its buildings begin to become metaphors for what she is feeling. Our film is a city symphony - we like the musicality of cities, so there is a lot of music here - five new tracks by Neneh Cherry, written specially for this film; two beautiful Swedish folk tunes by Benny Andersson (of ABBA fame); and some soaring classical music by the 19th century Stockholm-born composer Franz Berwald. The soundtrack traces Alva's path from grief to recovery.

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There's always a sense of wide-eyed wonder to Mark Cousins's films.

June 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mark Cousins' directing cannot be ignored, and his unique visual style contributes to the complete feel of this charming work.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Stockholm, My Love is at its best when at its simplest and most conventional.

June 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mark Cousins' Stockholm is a contradictory space of both perdition and redemption ... where time does not pass but is layered with memory and experience.

June 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A missed opportunity to present a different view of Sweden.

June 18, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Cherry's sultry, resonant voice helps along the otherwise wafty narration, which skirts themes of personal trauma before opening out to broader reflections on both the city and the soul.

June 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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