Eric (Björn Almroth) is a teenager and spends most of his time in his room with the door shut. He lives with his father (Thorsten Flinck) who is filming his latest amateur porn project in their shabby apartment with his friends Geko (Goran Marjanivic) and Tess (Sanna Bråding). The amateur porn project gets out of control and culminates in orgies of food and violence. The three people descend into a world of decadence and Eric, in this world of disgust, filth and violence is the only sane person to take charge of the situation.
This is not a film for everybody, but since you’re reading it on this site you already knew that didn’t you? It’s a revolting story that claims to be nothing else than just that – revolting! There’s no plot in the usual sense but it provokes and challenges the viewer and asks questions about moral behavior. There’s explicit imagery, but there is also philosophical monologues and the characters dream themselves away to a cornfield where they can run around in circles and that kind of stuff.
I’m absolutely sure that the message in this movie, and I very much believer that there is a message, is very individual and doesn’t mean the same thing for two different persons. It may be about how much we – the audience, can take of the bizarre imagery. It may be a comment on the social society in a satirical way. Perhaps it’s a statement against all the reality shows the TV channels insists on producing. In either case, I believe that most of the answers come from within us and our own experience in life. It might be a way for the writer/director to say that the human race is very shallow and incapable of creating meaningful and deep relationships. Or it might just be about the quest to find the meaning of life?
I personally find it to humiliate the entire human race, especially women. But it might just be that the contempt of women is easier to see. But it does not end with women and much of the taunting is clearly aimed at the male part of the population and humiliates the entire male gender collectively. This, together with the rest of the movie, makes this a very destructive film for me.
But even if the film seems cruel and brutal when it comes to the visuals, close up operation imagery on female genitals, a smorgasbord of food orgies, and even a vomit feast, I don’t believe that Lukas Moodysson intended this to be a point thrown at the pornography business. It would be easy to think so and the rumor initially were that the actors had real sex with each other during the filming (which later turned up to be false), but I think it’s a lot deeper than that! There are a lot of questions remaining a long time after the film ends. Why are all the faces and trademarks on everything from detergent to soy sauce censored in a shot in a supermarket?
This is a good but demanding movie with lots of questions and few answers.