Sweden / Swedish
"Varför man inte vill återförenas med sin gamla klass, men ändå gör det
"35-year old Magnus Edkvist hates class reunions as much as anyone and usually skip them. Still he accepts...
I know i'm hardly the intended audience for this film. I'm not even
close to the mid-life crisis yet and therefore i might not understand
the finer points of this "comedy". To me this was anyway more
depressing than funny.
Magnus is 35 years old. He lives with his wife in a rather dull
marriage. One day he receives an invitation to a class reunion, and he
is not thrilled. After debating with himself he decides to go to this
reunion, and that decision changes his life.
I don't what it is about these Swedish movies about people going
through their mid-life crisis. These movies are plentiful and almost
ALWAYS depressing. If these movies were something to judge from then
the obvious deduction would be that life becomes completely pointless
and bereft of happiness the moment you turn 35. Somehow i have a hard
time believing that considering that there are plenty of people who
live beyond that point without violently committing suicide.
Also what i don't like in these movies is that the resolution always
seems to steer away from what would in most countries considered to be
politically correct. Rather it's the revelation and the "new life", the
guts to start anew, that is always heralded as the positive thing to
do. Never to try and work things out in your present situation. This
seems if nothing else at least very unrealistic since most people do
not feel like throwing everything aside and just starting anew.
Anyway, this movie is rather funny in some parts. But not as funny as
it is depressing. Björn Kjellman is great, as he often is, and most of
the other actors are also doing a nice job. Also what the directors
manage to do is promote sympathy in the characters. You feel for so
many of them. They are pathetic but in a way that makes you sympathize
rather than despise them. Which also adds some warmth to the otherwise
rather bleak story.
So if a black comedy about the mid-life crisis is your cup of tea, then
this might be something for you. I rate it 5/10 and hope that in the
future these movies could perhaps be a bit brighter.
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