Today: My favourite film of the festival Mommy (Xavier Dolan’s latest), my first Cronenberg experience (Maps to the Stars), and a gender pushing film from Sweden (Something Must Break).
VIFF 2014: Something Must Break (Nånting Måste Gå Sönder)
Mesmerizing and intoxicating…
Genre: Drama, Queer Interest
Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Featuring: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg
Production Company: Film I Vast
Duration: 90 mins
In Swedish with English Subtitles
Reviewed By Alessandro Hutt
Ever seen a film with a plot that been done a million times, yet is so intoxicating despite that? That is Something Must Break. You know this story – Sebastian (Saga Becker, emotionally resonant) is slowly showing more of his feminine side Ellie. He then meets Andreas (Iggy Malmborg, one hot mess) and a sexually charged and spontaneously wild relationship begins. Thankfully there’s no magic pixie dream girl in sight.
Kidding aside, it’s the performance by Becker that ultimately sells the film. Sebastian/Ellie is a character ruled by their emotions and whims. You can evidently see why there is so much ripe sexual energy between Becker and Malmborg. Becker has completely become her character; you can’t see the line between actor and character from scene to scene. Malmborg doesn’t have quite the same intensity, but he’s also playing opposite a stronger performance.
A couple of caveats – if nudity or very vivid sex scenes put you off (fisting included) then this might not be for you. One scene includes pissing on someone in slow motion. Personally I don’t think it was too disgusting, nor was it something that could have been omitted from the film. It adds into the wild personality of Sebastian as a character.
Another positive is the way the film was scored; eclectically and pleasing to the ear. It was very effectively used to demonstrate the mesmerizing passage of time. After all, these are characters that I share very little with, yet I could still establish a personal connection to through the expressiveness of the music and the acting. It is not a neat and tidy ending, but it’s one that is true to life. It’s a pensive and impactful story that speaks to how people can change us. An added bonus is that both the main star and director fall under the LGBT lexicon, a surprising rarity. I will be owning a copy of this should it become available.