Winner of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Ali Abbasi’s Border is a genre-defying masterpiece based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Tina (award-winning Swedish stage and screen veteran Eva Melander) is a woman who is able to sniff out various sorts of contraband even if they don’t necessarily give off a scent. Coated with unsightly body hair, her teeth jutting, her face bloated and mottled and her body marked by ancient scars, Tina is a fish out of water in the human world.
Her search for belonging crystallises when Vore (Finnish actor Eero Milonoff) passes through customs. Almost instantly, she can tell something is ‘off’ about him but for the first time, she can’t quite put her finger on what it is. Strangely attracted, Tina strikes up a friendship that soon blossoms into romance as she gradually learns uncomfortable truths about who she is.
To say more would spoil many of the film’s surprising revelations, but the ease with which Abbasi infuses a social dimension with Scandinavian folklore without ever losing his footing, in reality, is nothing short of breathtaking. (Swedish with English subtitles)
WINNER: UN CERTAIN REGARD, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
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