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VIFF 2014: Day 5

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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).

Other Coverage: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 6


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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

Country: Sweden

Production Company: Film I Vast

Duration: 90 mins

In Swedish with English Subtitles

Skip/Watch/Buy/Devour: Buy

Reviewed By Alessandro Hutt

something must break 2Ever 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.

something must break 3A 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.

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