Written & Directed by: Roy Andersson
Full credits at IMDb
The 40-year-old A Swedish Love Story (En Kärlekshistoria) is radically different from writer-director Roy Andersson's recent work in that it isn't radical at all. Unlike late-career comebacks Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, this movie has scenes that add up to a narrative, within which the camera cuts--and, sometimes, it even moves! It does so to capture the budding romance between Annika (Ann-Sofie Kylin) and Pär (Rolf Sohlman), thirteen-year-olds whose turn-ons include pinball and strumming guitars. Andersson nails the rhythms and the details of the courtship process: for the first half of the film, the kids communicate only through silent, sidelong, pseudo-secret glances while pouting their lips, sporting leather jackets, smoking cigarettes and awkwardly struggling to project cool...
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