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Border

Gräns

Réalisé par Ali Abbasi
Suède, Danemark, 2018
Drame, Fantastique, Romantique

Synopsis

Tina is a customs agent with a nose for trouble. She can literally smell human emotions, which is a handy talent for sniffing out suspicious border crossers. But when a mysterious male traveller’s odour confounds her, she’s faced with hugely disturbing insights about who she is and what she wants.

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Border Réalisé par Ali Abbasi

Prix & Festivals

Festival de Cannes

2018 | Lauréat : Un Certain Regard Award

Academy Awards

2019 | Nominé : Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Contemporary World Cinema

The ambitious sweep of ideas makes allegorical nods to various timely socio-cultural issues, from the oppression of immigrants to the ostracization of racial and sexual minorities. But Border is less invested in glib symbolism or political commentary than in the specific, felt experience of being adrift between social boundaries and categories—and in the thrill of reclaiming one’s identity from those lost spaces.
October 25, 2018
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Absolutely essential to its story of self-discovery is Eva Melander’s outstanding, minutely sensitive performance as Tina, the troll in question—for such is the Scandinavian mythology tapped by the contemporary-set movie. Melander makes possible the film’s entirely persuasive narrative of sexual discovery (leading to one of festival’s most genuinely eye-popping scenes of revelation).
July 03, 2018
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An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.
May 11, 2018
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