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by Camilla Andersson, staff writer

When protagonist Mia returns to the town where she grew up to celebrate her father’s 70th birthday, she returns to a place where even though everybody seems to still know her, she can’t even recall people’s faces. The experience becomes painful for Mia as, time after time, she must defend her way of life to family and relatives who repeatedly tell her that they can’t see how anyone could want anything other than the life they, in their small town, have.

The story is not only about Mia and her struggle to go home; it is also about all the tiny stuff that is so easily kept under the surface in order to not hurt anyone or be a burden to someone else. Divorces, suicides, pregnancies, family fights: the film parades them before us, but in the end it teaches that silence may be beautiful, but it is not always a good thing. And that it is important to tell someone you love them.

The director of Darlecarlians is making a film debut that is all the more impressive in that it succeeds in telling a funny and straight forward story that conceals so much tragedy beneath it.
Swedish or not, you should see it. The film has something to show and teach all of us.


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