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3.2
1,267 Ratings

Holiday

Directed by Isabella Eklöf
Denmark, Netherlands, 2018
Drama

Synopsis

A perilous, violent love triangle unfolds over a Turkish Riviera vacation between a beautiful young Danish girl, her possessive drug lord boyfriend, and the free-spirited, yacht-owning Dutch traveller she flirts with.

Holiday Directed by Isabella Eklöf

Critics reviews

In its estranged distance from the camera and its icy blue-green color palette, the film offers a coherent and chilling representation of a world tied down by the crippling hierarchy of power structures in the absence of morals.
June 18, 2019
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It’s a cool, hard trip, icy in the fullest glare of the afternoon sun.
January 30, 2018
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No matter the extreme disgust at the center of this scene and the devastating circumstances surrounding it, Danish writer-director Isabella Eklof’s debut never feels like an empty provocation.
January 26, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Alice's rating of the film Holiday

    Powerful, bitter. Amazing photography: really wonderful shots! I loved the minimalist soundtrack, a remake of "Sinnerman" and actors are really good!

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Holiday

    A nasty little film, beautifully photographed. I have to call this Arthouse Porn, because a lot of effort went into the rape scene, and it's pretty much the defining scene of the film. People who don't want to see rape-porn shouldn't even watch this. There's also the issue of the whole film portraying the lead character as a woman with a weak or defective brain. If none of that bothers you, it's kind of a cool film.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Holiday

    Think Sexy Beast with a crazy candy-and-pastel palette. This time, it's the Swedes portraying the Danes as the epitome of Euro Trash. Limitless amount of stupidity on display. Holiday is an Ulrich Seidl movie shot by Martin Parr. Isabella Eklof is incredibly talented. I need a beer.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film Holiday

    Visually “Holiday” reminds me of Seidl films, with a touch of Breillat (unless it’s just the prosthetic penis). A distant, cold camera records the vacation of a Nordic gangster and his girlfriend Sascha in Turkey. It’s visually impressive, but the story is ugly. I never understood the motives behind Sascha’s actions, but that applies for real people as well, and perhaps for that reason I found the movie so rewarding.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Holiday

    "Holiday is daring filmmaking that exudes confidence while asking crucial questions." Example: "Should you flirt with a drug lord's girl?" No. "If you're hanging out with a drug lord, how likely is it that you will be treated violently?" Count on it. "Will we ever tire of pointlessly violent movies?" Not in the near future. Somebody's been watching too many porno videos.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Holiday

    A variation of the trendy anti-humanism in much contemporary European cinema, this is an at first glance vitriolic attack on the welfare state's outsourced procurement of tourist hedonism. In effect, as a critique of a Sadean theodicy of suffering (the nihilist Michael) and of a vacuous tourist industry, it has points to make but its gratuitous violence and views on victims' consent end up in glamor. Sonne is superb!

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Holiday

    This bright technicolour rainbow dazzles with superb photograhy and is production designed in a way that contrasts to great effect against the dark satirical subject matter. An unabashed take on unchecked masculinity within a drug trafficking group that plays out like a dysfunctional violent family. 3.5 stars

  • Palmat's rating of the film Holiday

    Despite sunny locations this movie is ice cold. Eklöf is clearly invoking the austerity of Haneke and Seidl which is not a bad thing. The acting is great all around. The movie's glacial pace might be off putting to some and the end might read as unresolved since there is no escape from the sundrenched hell for Sascha. But Eklöf is wise to not give into tropes of happy endings. Good but a hard watch.

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