BE­HIND BLUE SKIES

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(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.

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