BEHIND BLUE SKIES
(HIMLEN ÄR OSKYLDIGT BLÅ) CWC D: Hannes Holm w/ Peter Dalle, Bill Skarsgård. Sweden. 111 min. Sep 10, 6:30 pm Scotiabank 3; Sep 11, 9:15 am AMC 4; Sep 17, 5:30 pm Scotiabank 3 Rating: NNNNN Holm’s period piece begins as an affectionate, vibrant and hilarious coming-of-age story, with spirited characters and subtle class tensions boiling beneath the surface. Teenage Martin (Skarsgård) gets to escape his crummy life for a summer, landing a job on a vacation island. He makes cute with a female co-worker before falling under the thumb of a local drug lord. Yep, before we know it, we’re watching a crime movie.
The film’s based on actual events, so maybe the shift isn’t that radical, but it certainly squanders the momentum of the first half by growing slightly clichéd and monotonous. Reality can be such a bummer.