The Family Stone
Öga rött, Ett

Farväl Falkenberg (2006)
Sweden / Swedish
John Axel Eriksson John
Holger Eriksson Holger
David Johnson David
Jesper Ganslandt Jesper
Jörgen Svensson Jögren
Rolf Sundberg Jespers pappa
Ulla Jerndin Holgers och Johns mamma
Per-Ola Eriksson Holgers och Johns pappa
Helena Svensson Jörgens mamma
Director: Jesper Ganslandt
Producer: Anna Anthony
Writer: Jesper Ganslandt,Fredrik Wenzel
Toronto Film Festival Highlight
This memorable, visually unique, and sometimes very emotional story of a group of young friends whose lives implode after their schooling ends ranked among the top 3 films of the 15 or so I saw at the Toronto Film Festival. Unfortunately, the combination of $20 ticket prices and a 1 (out of 5) rating given this film by the major Toronto free weekly paper resulted in relatively few audience members taking a chance on the work of a first-time director. Moreover, I will say that this is not a film for everyone, and that there were a fair number of walk-outs at the screening I saw.

All that said, I think those who appreciate films that approach storytelling from a truly cinematic perspective -- that is, where the shots, the editing, the sound design, and the music tell the story as much as the action and dialogue do -- will find a lot to love here. As others have noted, this film did share some aesthetic elements with the last few (excellent) features by Gus van Sant (Elephant, Gerry, and Last Days), but it mixes this feeling with some of the contagious warmth, humor, and genuine emotional impact of Lucas Moodysson's Together (2000).

I think that whoever gave this film that (fatal) 1-star rating in Toronto must have popped in a screener tape, seen a lot of out-of-work young people goofing around and cracking some coarse jokes, and then tuned out at about the ten minute mark, writing this one off as yet another debut filmmaker mining the "slacker" genre for low-grade yux -- admittedly an unappealing prospect. But there's so much more at work here, and those who stay engaged in the film will be rewarded with unconventional but emotionally honest (and first-rate!) storytelling.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 6.1
Musician: Erik Enocksson
Running time: 91 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [Swedish]
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