Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review of “Thief of honor” with Malin Levanon and Lo Kauppi – Today’s News




Peter Grönlund impressive feature debut is a “a decent life” for our time. Malin Levanon and Lo Kauppi are brilliant in their roles, as well as the rest of the ensemble.




Peter Grönlund impressive feature debut is a “a decent life” for our time. Malin Levanon and Lo Kauppi are brilliant in their roles, as well as the rest of the ensemble.

The Swedish feature films autumn continues to move in a minor key. I feel bad reigns while forest paint crackling and autumn storms upload. There are school rape (“The Flock”), eating disorders (“my little sister”) and the teenage killers (upcoming “Aftershocks”).

Premiere Current “Thief Honor” is a bit more aged than the other, but fits well into the dark trend. It is “a decent life” for our time that takes place far out into society chilled margins among alcoholics, drug addicts and homeless people in Stockholm’s less glamorous neighborhoods.



Total Fucking Darkness? Absolutely not. “Thief Honor” is, like the other films in the strong quartet, quality standard, and delivers a complex, engaging, and after all surprisingly warm picture of today’s Sweden.

The introduction is an illustration of the Empire’s social lyrical line “All debt collection letters birthday on your floor. ” Minna, that whatever deals and addict yourself if every other, has not been able to manage their bills, their samples accommodation in their own apartment and is about to go out. Once she stands on the street with a bag and a cat basket on her arm.

If you think you have it terribly stressful in its privileged middle-class life, it is nothing compared to how it is in Minna’s life. Forget first world problem that life puzzle. Her life is one long hysterical hunt for money, customers, somewhere to stay, drugs, escape in double quick time from the police and the people she has blown the money.

A meeting with the alkade mother Katja leads to a accommodation at the scrubby caravan camping in Haninge. But Remembering unfinished business continues to haunt her.

Read more: Malin Levanon: “Minna had been me”

Feature onset Peter Grönlund takes with honor up Stefan Jarl’s old fallen seventy mantle. He opens a door to a Stockholm so get out of the addicts, the sick and the homeless know. A shadowy world full of cool, drugs, dirt, lies, nonsense and abuse.



“Thief of honor” could called “fast cash” -filmens social realism sister: a dimmed but emotionally intense portrayal of the junkie world far beyond Stureplan and the big guys.

It is well written as gain and has a solfège and attention to the vulnerable environment that feels almost unlikely authentic. Malin Levanon (Minna) and Lo Kauppi (Katja) make excellent contributions and drag the acting load, but also manages to meet the well-chosen non-professional actors – often people with similar experiences as the characters they portray – without an apparent collision. Jan Mattsson, who plays the charismatic drug boss Christer Korsbäck with hollow cheeks and threatening undershot, tops amateur team with his charisma but every supporting role is equally obsessed.

It’s not really the fault of the film is subtitled, much of the Dialogue also feels both authentic and relevant is the hose that is not so easy to decipher.

The dramatic arc of “Thief Honor” is not particularly large. It is hardly thriller themes interests Grönlund. He is, rather, looking to portray how even people in the margin of honor to defend and loyalties to preserve. The press release says Grönlund its director’s vision: “… the story of lack of solidarity in our time – and the importance of the same” but he also wonders wise: “Where begins and ends the responsibility of society for the individual versus individual responsibility in society ? How does the environment of the people who can not live up to current standards? What if you do not manage to classify you in ranks, if you lose faith in this world? Is it possible to completely step outside? What will be in this case the consequences? “

Grönlund under tasks itself a long experience of working with social work and it shows in many ways. Although he portrays a lack of solidarity with those excluded from society (annoyed neighbors, community representatives who lost patience with the caravan people and so on) so he gives “Thief of Honour” a clear silver lining. This is not only unexpected friendship, but also a tender picture of the many officials, such as street police officers, staff at shelters and others who patiently in all cases to help.






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