Call Girl

"Excellent"

Call Girl Review


A confident drama about a real-life 1976 political scandal, this Swedish film is expertly tells the story from three fascinating angles. The government officials are slippery and the cops are tenacious, but it's the intensely personal story of a young girl caught up in a prostitution ring that catches our emotions.

Iris (Karemyr) is only 14, but her life is already off the rails. Sent to a group home, she escapes with her pal Sonja (Asplund) looking for fun. Along the way, they're recruited by charismatic brothel madam Dagmar (August) to entertain her clients, which include high-powered politicians. Meanwhile, the government is preparing for a general election and trying to keep all of this illicit sex out of the newspapers. But a politician (Dencik) and an undercover cop (Berger) are collecting the evidence they need to crack the case. And if it hits the press, there might not be a point in holding an election at all.

The filmmakers layer the story with irony, as the Swedish government is working to build the most open and fair society on earth, drafting laws that will give women fully equal rights. But in their spare time, these same men are frequenting under-age prostitutes who aren't there by choice. Baumgarten's script digs deep to set up complex characters whose motivations and reactions might not always be clear but are vivid and recognisably real. And the cast members play the roles with such natural honesty that we can't help but sympathise with them. Watching the more intimate scenes makes us squirm in our seats.

The most riveting character in the film is Dagmar, and the brilliant August (who played Anakin's mum in The Phantom Menace) makes her a force of nature, gliding and pouncing through each situation, and never breaking a sweat even when the police move in. Director Marcimain gives the film plenty of visual style, capturing the period impeccably. This makes the movie feel like a companion piece to another 1970s spy thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), which Marcimain worked on and which was also shot by ace cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. Both films touch on political corruption, and the strength of this one is in the way it uses a personal story to show how power so often goes hand-in-hand with sex.



Call Girl

Facts and Figures

Genre: Foreign

Run time: 140 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th November 2012

Budget: $6.1M

Production compaines: Newgrange Pictures, Garagefilm International, Film i Väst

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mikael Marcimain

Producer: Mimmi Spang

Starring: Sofia Karemyr as Iris, as Dagmar Glans, Simon J. Berger as John Sandberg, Josefin Asplund as Sonja Hansson, as Aspen, as Glenn, Ruth Vega Fernandez as Sasha Muntze, Magnus Krepper as Prime minister, Hanna Ullerstam as Mona Lindwall, Kristoffer Joner as Sören Laurell-Wall, Sverrir Gudnason as Krister, Outi Mäenpää as Sirja, Claes Ljungmark as The Minister of Justice, Anders Beckman as Roy, Maria Alm Norell as Gunnel, Jade Viljamaa as Minna, Jennie Silfverhjelm as Sylvia, Natacha Mutomb Dackén as Marnielle, Lena B. Eriksson as Britt, Björn Andersson as Rundgren, Peter Carlberg as Prosecutor Wahl, Tobias Ekelund as Tompa, Max Nilén as Svante, Boman Oscarsson as Nils Holm, Klas Östergren as Sten Jenkert, Claes-Göran Turesson as Chief of the Police, Lars Green as Kurt Nygren, Wieslaw Figacz as The Polish Consul General, Wieslaw Figacz as The Polish Consul General, Emilie Jonsson as Maritza, Rasmus Lindgren as Holmnäs social worker, Andreas Kundler as Stövelknekten, Louise Peterhoff as Ulla, Frida Röhl as Gita, Anna Bjelkerud as The Chancellery Secretary, Kalle Josephson as Nils H's footman, Anna Lyons as Lena, Mats Blomgren as The Permanent Secretary, Julia Lindblom as Mari, Sven Ahlström as Stig Hall, Roger Storm as Långerud, Anna Takanen as Anita, Lars Helander as The Colonel, Eddie Hultén as David, David Fukamachi Regnfors as Dagmar's son, Göran Låstberg as Judge, Valerie Spelman as American TV Guest, Mattias Andersson as Nils H's Lakej 1, Per Trollvik as Minister, Samuel Hellström as Holmnäs social worker

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