Border (Gräns)

Border (Gräns)

Border (Gräns)

Supernatural elements and border security collide in this Swedish Cannes winner about an oddly talented officer attracted to a recent suspect. Based on a short story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In.

"Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realizes the truth about herself. Tina, like Vore, does not belong to this world. Her entire existence has been one big lie and now she has to choose: keep living the lie or embrace Vore’s terrifying revelations." (Cannes Film Festival)

Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes 2018
2018Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, sex scene and violence109 minsSweden, DenmarkSwedish with English subtitles
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As cold as possible is a good way to see it. This is a movie that aims to startle in overt and subtextual ways; the less known before viewing, the better.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A film filled with memorable imagery (and one or two that you really can't unsee), Border might not quite reach the heights of Let the Right One In, but it certainly leaves an impression.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

It is mesmerising in its initial oddness and develops into a complex, richly satisfying piece of storytelling in which all the seemingly jagged, awkward edges eventually fit smoothly together.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The refreshingly offbeat, sturdily handled "Border" is not just unlikely to resemble any of its subtitled competition but also anything else you'll see this year.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Abbasi grounds the narrative in an emotional foundation even as it flies off the rails.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a timely yarn about the mistreatment of minorities, both in Sweden and worldwide, Border is rich in allegorical layers.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...one of the most singular and genre-defying films to come along the pike in a great while... An absolute cracker.

0

Disturbing, Intriguing, Visceral splendour

Drama / Fairytale/ crime thriller... This film makes you feel as much as it makes you think. It is rare for a film to engage your sensors as much or as well as is on offer in Border. We watched it tonight at the Sold Out (boutique) session at The Academy. A joy to watch with an audience, and a completely absorbing tale that is best watched knowing as little...

4.0
0

A Swedish slow-burn adult fairy-tale

Featuring maggot-munching, fridge-babies, and an uncomfortably odd sex scene, Border is based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist. A Swedish slow-burn adult fairy-tale, it’s a dark riff on ‘The Ugly Duckling’, powered by a superb central performance by Eva Melander as a customs officer who literally sniffs out smugglers....

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As cold as possible is a good way to see it. This is a movie that aims to startle in overt and subtextual ways; the less known before viewing, the better.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A film filled with memorable imagery (and one or two that you really can't unsee), Border might not quite reach the heights of Let the Right One In, but it certainly leaves an impression.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

It is mesmerising in its initial oddness and develops into a complex, richly satisfying piece of storytelling in which all the seemingly jagged, awkward edges eventually fit smoothly together.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The refreshingly offbeat, sturdily handled "Border" is not just unlikely to resemble any of its subtitled competition but also anything else you'll see this year.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Abbasi grounds the narrative in an emotional foundation even as it flies off the rails.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

As a timely yarn about the mistreatment of minorities, both in Sweden and worldwide, Border is rich in allegorical layers.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...one of the most singular and genre-defying films to come along the pike in a great while... An absolute cracker.

0

Disturbing, Intriguing, Visceral splendour

Drama / Fairytale/ crime thriller... This film makes you feel as much as it makes you think. It is rare for a film to engage your sensors as much or as well as is on offer in Border. We watched it tonight at the Sold Out (boutique) session at The Academy. A joy to watch with an audience, and a completely absorbing tale that is best watched knowing as...

4.0
0

A Swedish slow-burn adult fairy-tale

Featuring maggot-munching, fridge-babies, and an uncomfortably odd sex scene, Border is based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist. A Swedish slow-burn adult fairy-tale, it’s a dark riff on ‘The Ugly Duckling’, powered by a superb central performance by Eva Melander as a customs officer who literally sniffs out smugglers....

3.0
0