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Border (In Translation Series)

  • Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson
  • Director: Ali Abbasi
  • Language: Swedish
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 110 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Gräns (original title)
Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind.

"It’s not quite horror, crime, or comedy — it really just is “fantastic,” in every sense of the word. "
- Vince Mancini, Uproxx
"Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes Border. A thematically rich and deeply strange blend of romantic drama, magical-realist fantasy, and crime thriller, Sweden’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards splits the difference between the highbrow cringe comedy of Toni Erdmann and the lowbrow cop fantasy Bright."
- Katie Rife, AV Club
"Unique, unforgettable and cathartic, Border is an oddball, but poignant cult classic in the making. Abbasi’s sincerity wisely avoids caricature and mocking his marginalized characters and in doing so he crafts a surprisingly humanist and artful story of love for the diminished and dismissed outsiders of the world."
- Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist
"Selected by Sweden as its entry for the foreign language Oscar, the refreshingly offbeat, sturdily handled Border is not just unlikely to resemble any of its subtitled competition but also anything else you’ll see this year."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"As cold as possible is a good way to see it. This is a movie that aims to startle in overt and subtextual ways; the less known before viewing, the better."
- Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions."
- Alissa Simon, Variety
"Border succeeds as gripping drama, mostly on the strength of its two lead performances, both doing sterling work under heavy silicon masks that required four hours of make-up to apply."
- Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

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