Well, that was weird but unfortunately not in a good way. Nothing really sticks together; neither does the plot, the shifting tones, the characters and the themes makes this film a worthwhile experience. Some scenes are just plain unbearable to watch. I don't mind a little weirdness and fucked up stuff but here it reaches new levels of ridiculousness. Some shots are beautiful though. But that penis...
Well anchored in its unique conception, Border can be tender and liberating, furious and disgusting, and even polemic in its vision of decaying humankind. In this case, and for its arresting visuals and compelling narrative, it’s easy to conclude that this is no minor work. (4.5 stars)
I loved the first 45 minutes or so, then it suffers from a common Nordic noir issue, it's just too much (violence, odd stuff). Lovely Nordic gothic photography. An unusual take on a well-known tale about identity and being different. I was thinking about the Roma population. I have seen many of them on the ferry between Sweden and Finland, and they are great karaoke singers.
Evolutionary revolutionary love story, or is it love, perhaps it’s just about the survival of a kind. “Gräns” is also a story about oppression and suppression (inclusive some odd connotations, I feel), revenge and choosing between inclusion, exclusion and the will to pay back or how else to deal with your past. Many big questions squeezed into a fairy tale taking place at the border of Sweden.