Pétanque fanatic Rikard Boberg was born disabled, standing just a few feet tall and hardly able to speak. However, the ambitious hero does not let this hold him back – particularly when it comes to his beloved ball game, and a reunion with his confused mother.
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I found this a deeply moving film in which fantasy merges with the harsh and sublime highlights of a life not ordinary. The focus sharpens in the film to reveal who are the real monsters, and the humanity and community of the outcasts of society is the backdrop to outrageous dreams come true for our unlikely hero. The landscape is technicolour sublime. Troll becomes butterfly.
A true original! Social realism, Nordic fantasy, humour, sport (well, pétanque..) and a humane spirit that values the lives and aspirations of its characters. Its cast of actors are mostly disabled themselves. A shame that previous reviewers did not find much to like, but for those who do, its quirky humour illuminates a captivating theme of friendship, love and solidarity. ... and pétanque.
I saw this film at Lincoln Center a few years back. It really understands itself and follows its intention confidently. I do think the idea is a bit been there done that but the filmmaker does find some new dream like wrinkles to make the movie feel fresh at times. 3.5
Johannes Nyholm remaking magical realism: Dogme95 + apparent documentary + magical mythic landscapes worthy of Odd Nerdrum. Still can’t believe the main role was played by an actor (Christian Nilsson)!
Amazing movie. After all these tedious French films comes a well shot, well paced, and extremely well acted movie..WITH AN ACTUAL STORY. Go Sweden!
I’m just figuring this out: just as the inspiration for the music, from Ennio Morricone’s brilliant music from the Man With No Name Trilogy, comes from Italy, so do the golden boules Rikard receives on his birthday, his “six shooter”. Nice little detail to add.