Directed by: Hanna Sköld
Starring: Blanca Engström (Eini), Lennart Jähkel (Father)
Country: Sweden; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Swedish (Eng Subs); Effed Up Scandinavian Movies
Genres: Includes Animation, Family, Domestic Abuse, Bleak and Depressing
Plot – Spoilers:
In the middle of bleak Swedish nowhere, Eini lives with her father, forcibly cut off from any human contact. Father has strict rules and often physically punishes her whenever she earns the stripes. Various animation techniques are employed to tell stories of how father and she got to the people they are today.
Most of Eini’s life up until now seem to have been days on loop. But things are changing. She’s hitting puberty and recently stumbled upon a radio. As the days and weeks pass, they no longer seem on loop anymore, with subtle changes coloring the dissimilarities. He too is noticing the changes and senses the slow loss of control, while also feeling his age and her lurking desire to be free of him.
This is one of those slow drips that can be rewarding to those who enjoy the style. It’s also quite convincing in driving home the pathos of what would otherwise be normal shit in regular people’s lives, like during Eini’s chance encounter with a radio for the first time.