The Ape (Apan) Reviews
I think what makes this film stunning is that the amount of moments we see ourselves in Krister. Krister is who we are and who we are completes the character Krister wee witness in this movie. He can be any of us, if we consist on the theory of that most of us are homosexuals subliminally. This is a story of not being. Of not being yourself, not taking your sexual identity in your hands as you like...
...Of not being who you really are.
Jesper Ganslandt's "Apan" is yet another good example of a movie made in a simple manner, but due to strong direction and strong acting it becomes a hit in the gut. We see the consequences of a crime and the irrational behaviour from the main character Krister in a very intense way. Ganslandt takes us for a ride and we are not sure how it will end during the ride. Apparently Olle Sarri, who plays the main character, was not allowed to read the script before filming. The movie was shot in chronological order, with Sarri coming to the set every day without having the slightest idea what was going to happen. Also, everyone in the film team was instructed not to talk to Sarri, isolating him from the crew, making sure that nobody gave away hints about the story. This has most likely added to the strong performance. Olle Sarri has more or less just done comedy in one way or another before and is known for that in Sweden, thus this is something of a break away from that genre. I liked "Apan". Solid.
Olle Sarri plays a man on the edge of oblivion and who doesn't really know what he is doing or how he got there. His reactions to this, as the truth slowly unravels, are erratic and somewhat bizarre however, in retrospect their plausibility only compound the tension.
This really is a must see film and one that could (almost) have been made without any dialogue such is the intensity of Sarri's wonderful performance.
...Unless this is a public service ad for the dangers that bluetooth headsets pose to human brain chemistry. In which case - its brilliant!
The lead actor (Olle Sarri) is for most Swedes known as a comedian, no longer will I look at him in the same way, he makes a fantastic performance as the man waking up with blood all over after something ( I will not tell anything about what, since I would not like to spoil anything for presumptive viewers) trying to continue his everyday life.
The film is dark, disturbing and one of the best Swedish films since ?Let the right one in?.
After finished viewing the film (exemplary short about 75 minutes) I got one of those glances from my wife, the ones I only get when she finds my taste in movies a bit to macabre, I have received these after films like ?Irreversible?, ?Happiness? and ?Requiem for a dream?.
Not a film for everyone, but if you are interested in some Swedish melancholy, this is the one you should watch.
Basically the lead wakes up covered in blood and you follow him throughout the day not quite sure what's going on but totally engrossed nonetheless. This is the antithesis to spoonfeeding with you being left to judge what might have happened and what is happening. it's haunting, harrowing, powerful, uncomfortable and uneasy. 95% of the photography is handheld, shot the majority of the time very close and behind the leads head. The audio, through a mix of actual volume and design bears over you fills in any empty area of your senses not already taken by everything else making it feel not quite claustrophobic but very internal (to the mind).
The performance by the main guy is also phenomonal, considering (and perhaps due to) the fact he was given a script daily to work with.
A real feel-bad movie. Director's words nor mine.