This is strange, disturbing & brave in its own way. There is a sixth sense of smell for fear. A woman which is not a woman. A man which is not a man. Child pornography & abuse. Grub eating & baby feeding. Human's or no humans with tails. Man overboard surviving with handcuffs. The start until 1st half seems promising, but it went 'off the rails' and 'lost a handle' on the right balance between realism & fantasy: 2,5.
Border commence comme un polar scandinave et se transforme en un conte naturaliste et fantastique qui brouille les frontières du genre. Expérimental et assez fascinant, le film se révèle singulier et fiévreux, organique et bouillonnant, angoissant et poétique, dérangeant souvent. Comme si les racines scandinaves de Border interrogeaient mieux que quoi que ce soit d'autre notre mortifère contemporanéité.
It is nice to be different, but it does not make a film in itself. And if Abbasi brings a lot of ideas and questions (including some mythology), what does he have to offer from a cinematic standpoint ? Always this documentary-like and formless filmmaking. So it´s more a proposition as a screenplay than anything, really, spiced with atmospherical scenes. Let´s say it qualifies as curiosity but hardly deserves a buzz.
Such a powerful movie: full of passion, desire, repulsion and violence. Abbasi is a great director, capable to tell a story that mixes fantasy and reality, fear and joy, never making it absurd. And what a wonderful cast: Eva Melander is terrific, extraordinary, such a great actress!!!
I wanted to love this so much. For some reason, I could never quite give myself to it, and always felt a little outside the story. Still, I value the originality of concept: the combination of genre elements with Nordic folklore produces a film that stands in a world all of its own: I wish you could say the same of more modern cinema. Eva Menandler is absolutely brilliant.
Brilliant film. A beautiful, dark and strange mixed of folklore, Scandinavian noir and disturbing sex scenes. The craft and attention to details of the make up department is simply astonishing. Borders don’t defined us. We are not defined by our nationality, race, gender or our weird genitalia. Loved it.
A brilliant concept, bringing out the Nordic folklore nearly literately to contemplate on a nature of "the other", an identity and a sense of belonging. Beautiful cinematography and solid performances. Also, at times it feels like drinking your own spit kept in a glass for couple of days.