Alice (Ane Dahl Torp) and Mattias (Sverrir Gudnasons) compete for custody of their children, who left their oppressive marriage and left for Stockholm, teenage daughter Elina (Tintin Poggats Sarri) and her younger brother Vincent (Troy Lundkvist) stayed with him. An alarming phone call from the youngest, however, makes Alice decide to return quickly to the corner she previously fled.
Eventually she even takes the children from there to Tenerife without permission. Hoping that this way she will get more clarity about the suspicions she has. Because is Mattias the good father he claims to be? Although the question increasingly arises whether she makes wise decisions in all her frustrated maternal love.
Answers are not forthcoming, as more threads are hardly tied off or tied together in this film. Aided by her excellent protagonist, Amanda Kernell does manage to make Alice’s powerlessness palpable. Just like the conflict of loyalty her children struggle with. Because that is at least as oppressive.
✭✭✭ (3 out of 5)
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