Review: ‘Harifran Till Kom’

This youth movie with a troubled production history is sympathetic and appealing enough to hit its young target audience.

This youth movie with a troubled production history is sympathetic and appealing enough to hit its young target audience.

Director Lars Egler fell ill during the shooting of the film and died shortly thereafter. His brother Mats Egler took over and cut it according to his late brother’s wishes.

Result is a film that, unlike other recent Swedish entries aimed at a young audience, treats the youths and their anxieties and problems seriously. Lead character Per is a restless soul who moves to Stockholm from a small country town. He goes to school, befriends the mannerly but mysterious Roffe and, from a distance, falls in love with the beautiful Kim — and finally becomes sufficiently sure of himself to approach the girl of his dreams.

Considering the troubled production, “From Here to Kim” is surprisingly well told. It has its weaknesses; some of the grown-up characters, especially, are more cliches than portraits. But overall tone is so sympathetic, and the depiction of young people’s feelings so sincere, that it manages to overcome its faults.

Harifran Till Kom

(SWEDISH)

Production

Sonet Film Ab presents a Kraakbacken Film & TV AB/AB Filmteknik/Nordiska Film & TV-fond/Spice Entertainment/Spice Filmfinans production. Produced by Lars Egler, Mats Egler. Directed by Lars Egler. Screenplay, Sten Holmberg, Anders Ohlin, based on the novel by Bernt Danielsson. Camera (color), Holmberg; music, Bengt-Arne Wallin; editor, Mats Egler; costumes, Hedvig Ander; sound, Peter Eklund, Jorgen Hasselblad. Reviewed at Rigoletto Cinema, Stockholm, Aug. 10, 1993. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

With: Aida Jercovic, Jonas Karlsson, Kristian Almgren, Rolf Skoglund, Lena Dahlman, Lis Nilheim, Reuben Sallmander.
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