Friday, October 10, 2014

Far from Jordbrovägen – Gothenburg Post

Everything is close, everything is far away.
Everything is given man as a loan.”

Rainer Hartlebs new film makes me think of Pär Lagerkvist poem It is most beautiful at dusk , where life seems so evident in all its fragile wealth, but already on its way out.

As soon as possible growing up, become adult, that there are strong reasons to think about what we are doing during our only time on earth. If we take care of each other

To see the Far from Jordbrovägen is that in two hours turn down the hectic pace and peek into some young, ordinary people’s lives. While each person depicted extremely nuanced, says the film is also something more about the social climate in Sweden over time. The director’s patience, coupled with a low-key but ardent dedication, reminiscent both of Jan Troell as Tom Alandhs documentary style.

It is now over forty years ago Rainer Hartleb stepped into the Class 1 D on Jordbrovägen School south of Stockholm and with movie camera began documenting the students there. From the material he has created six films in a completely unique suite of Jordbrovägen children, their dreams, hopes, fears, relationships and daily life. Now comes a sequel in the same style where Jordbrovägen Children’s own children to come forward and tell how they are doing in their respective places of residence far from Jordbrovägen.

The children liberate themselves, leaving the parental home, try creating your own meaningful existence. Elena returns to Ostersund with her Brazilian boyfriend after ten years in Sidney. Kim, who made his career as a punk singer on the shelf, and Magnus marvel at his newborn son. Murat’s daughter Zehra has married a Turkish man, had two small children and pray five times a day. Maries and Krisoulas sons invest in music. Other dreams for the future are also covered, as a professional hockey player and physiotherapist.

The joys, failures, memories and feelings are shared in an inner circle of loved ones, but there is also room for sadness. The siblings Victor and Isabell describes an almost unmanageable missing after father Roger, who passed away from cancer.

The parents are surprised to say how fast it goes: The kids are growing up. Suddenly they themselves are adults, some of them in turn parents. The film’s rich flashbacks increases understanding of each protagonist. We will close the participants and no filter seems to exist between them and filmmaker. Just a great trust. Fates, existential musings and meetings across the generations are woven together into a poetic film that captures life as it happens.

There is a fantastic mission Rainer Hartleb has given himself, and he performs it with the utmost curiosity.


Titta also at:
Jordbrovägen Suite (Rainer Hartleb, from the Children Jordbrovägen in 1982 to Everyone feels good 2006)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
Sagolandet (Jan Troell, 1988)


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