Involuntary Review

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A story that follows five very different people who are all trying to cope with the demands of peer pressure in Sweden.


Director Ruben Ostlund exposes the perils of peer pressure and lacking self-restraint in this semi-improvised, vignettish satire, whose quirky perspective is reflected in its mischievous framing. Incidents involving a pair of webcamming teenage girls and a gang of drunken mates push sexual buttons, while episodes centring on a boy injured by a firework at his birthday party and a teacher unsure how to tackle an abusive colleague reveal how hard it is to do the right thing. But the pick sees actress Maria Lundqvist allowing a kid to take the blame for her petulant act of vandalism during a bus journey. Unsettlingly insistent, smartly played and bleakly hilarious.

A challenging and intelligent Swedish drama that still raises laughs.