Opening 8 Dec 2011
Leene (34) is happily married with a loving family. Her own dark and painful childhood experiences are successfully suppressed until she has to face her dying mother.
This thrilling psychological family drama is skilfully filmed, smoothly incorporating scenes from the child’s perspective. The story of domestic abuse is an adaptation of the Swedish bestseller, Svinalängorna by Susanna Alakoski, which is also the original title of the movie.
Pernilla August, a well-known Swedish actress, presents her first film as a director, which earned her the directorial debut prize in Venice. A stellar cast with Noomi Rapace (of the Stieg-Larsson Trilogy), Ola Rapace and Finnish actors Ville Virtanen and Outi Mäenpää make it a memorable, if haunting, experience. The child Leena is played by the rising star Tehilla Blad. Won the Foreign Press Award at the 2010 Filmfest Hamburg. (Birgit Schrumpf)