DVD Vi

DVD Vi
DVD Vi
Run time: 92 min
Rating: 5.3
Genres: Drama
Director: Mani Maserrat Agah
Writers: Jens Jonsson
Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Anna Åström, Rebecca Ferguson
Storyline
This is a story of IDA and KRISTER. It’s about a relationship that goes to hell. They are both crazy in love but manage to strangle the supply of oxygen and adapt to each other in a way that will lead to catastrophic consequences.
Plot Keywords: love, male nudity, male frontal nudity, attraction, destructiveness
Details:
Country: Sweden
Release Date: 10 May 2013 (Sweden)
Box Office
Budget: SEK 6,000,000 (estimated)

3 Comments

  1. Grade school teachers Ida and Krister have a relationship that evolves from passionate love, through suffocation, into downright destructiveness. Although there are some scenes that feel mostly like filler, this film does a good job of portraying their downward spiral. An important supporting role (in fact one of just a few) is that of Linda – Ida's caring best friend, who acts as an important safety valve for her.

    It becomes clear very early in the story that Ida lacks a strong center, and that is the source of her troubles. She is automatically drawn to the more assertive Krister. Anna Åström's acting is mostly decent, although there is something slightly off about the way she delivers her lines. She is clearly the weakest member of the cast, although a few years of experience may iron out her imperfections. Anna Åström is achingly pretty and has a flawless body, like almost all young Swedish actresses. It's easy to wonder what Swedish film makers will do if they need to cast someone average looking, or even physically unattractive! Gustaf Skarsgård manages to avoid the drama school antics – that is to say, stage delivery – that often plagues the Swedish acting elite. He is a good actor, but his part could have been more chiseled out. I would like to have seen and felt more of the inner turmoil that must be the cause of Krister's sometimes erratic behavior. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Swedish film – Gustaf is the Brother of Alexander Skarsgård, best known for his part in the TV series 'True Blood'. Some English speakers may also remember Gustaf Skarsgård as the deranged boat-builder Floki from the history channel series 'Vikings'.

    Rebecca Ferguson is in my opinion the one who delivers the best performance in 'Vi'. Her character Linda can be a bit of a bitch, and her confrontations with Gustaf Skarsgård's character are the most intense and engaging scenes in the film. Until recently, my memories of Ferguson were limited to a couple of abysmal soap operas, but her stellar performance in the TV series "The White Queen" has redeemed her in my eyes, at least. It doesn't hurt that she's easy on the eyes, either. Remember what I wrote about Swedish actresses? The director manages to evoke a lot of atmosphere with very small means in a few scenes. But all in all, the scrip feels weak. This is especially true when it comes to the dialog in some places. The poor dialog and the strange lack of momentum in some parts of this film is what prevents it from being a really good one, instead of just average.

    There is graphic nudity and very realistic sex scenes in this film. They feel much more real life than a lot of the stuff you see coming from the US these days. A word of warning – small children may ask a few difficult to answer questions about some scenes in 'vi', especially toward the end.

  2. Swedish films are often plagued by the same problems: campy acting, unbelievable dialogue (definitely in the bad sense of the word) and a crappy plot. This film, however, shows younger blood and a lot less stodge than most of what's been made in Sweden over the past 100 years. It is a modern, not too over-the-top story of abuse between an abuser and the abused, where both they and their environment is concerned. The acting is mostly good, even though I feel that Skarsgård saves the couple where Åström fails due to her acting. Good direction, fair script, but there should have been more work done to make the timing work. I would have loved something more to turn this film up a notch, to make it feel more real and to really burn the viewer and make it feel that yes, relationship abuse is a pandemic. Overall: recommendable, and leaves a bad taste in your mouth (in the good sense).

  3. Not bad, but quite disappointing. The movie builds up well, but then falls apart at the end. For the most part it was the story of a (potentially failed) relationship: the blissful courtship, the problem- free initial steps of living together, then the fraying at the edges as hitherto unseen flaws in the couples' characters are revealed, the frustration (why does she stay with him?), the intrigue (what will happen to them?).

    Then…an incredibly random and perverse ending.

    It was a good character study up until that strange conclusion, and went some way to answering the question "Why do beautiful, intelligent women go out with paranoid, controlling, obsessive-compulsive prudes?". Unfortunately the answer is that flattering to these beautiful, intelligent women.

    Decent performances from the two lead actors, Gustaf Skarsgaard and Anna Astrom. Astrom is incredibly beautiful.

    Sadly the soundtrack does not include Pearl Jam's "Better Man" and Joe Jackson's "Is she really going out with him?" as these would have been highly appropriate.

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