Also with: Bjorn Kjellman, David Jazy, Adam Nilsson, Brahim Elouagari, Maria Simonsson, Malin Bergstrom, Gabriel Hermelin, Reuben Salamander, Bo-Ingvar Ljungqvist, Ann Petren, Rolf Wikstrom.
Also with: Bjorn Kjellman, David Jazy, Adam Nilsson, Brahim Elouagari, Maria Simonsson, Malin Bergstrom, Gabriel Hermelin, Reuben Salamander, Bo-Ingvar Ljungqvist, Ann Petren, Rolf Wikstrom.At times a very funny political satire, “Just You & Me” is flawed by an unbelievable love story that eats up too much screen time. B.O. prospects look shaky. Director Suzanne Osten’s previous film, “Speak Up! It’s So Dark,” dealt seriously with growing racism and neo-Nazism in Swedish society. Her new pic picks up those themes, though the subject is given more comedic treatment. Twenty-five-year-old Flore (Francesca Quartey), a black woman born and raised in Sweden, is made minister of schools and at once becomes a media darling. She sees this as a chance to implement her ideas for change in the education system. Unexpectedly, though, she falls for Eliel (Etienne Glaser), a 50-year-old teacher with five kids. It’s difficult for the two to find time together, and this puts a strain on both their love affair and Flore’s work. Pic is often funny and on target when mocking politicians and their not-always-honorable decisions. But the romance doesn’t ring true, and isn’t helped by Glaser’s boring, one-dimensional portrait. As Flore, newcomer Quartey is good, as are most of the supporting thesps. Best of the latter is Lena T. Hansson as the prime minister’s secretary: a scene in which she throws a hysterical fit and tells everyone “I run things around here” is a mini-classic. Tech credits are all good.
Just You & Me
A United Intl. Pictures release (Sweden) of a Mekano Pictures, Swedish Film Institute, FilmTeknik, Getfilm (Sweden)/Per Holst Filmproduktion (Denmark) production, with support from Nordic Film & TV Fund. (International sales: Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm.) Produced by Anders Birkeland. Directed by Suzanne Osten. Screenplay, Osten, Barbro Smeds.
Camera (color), Goran Nilsson; editor, Michal Leszczykowski; music, Bengt Berger; production design, Mona Theresia Forsen. Reviewed at Riviera Cinema, Stockholm, Feb. 14, 1994. (In Gothenburg Film Festival.) Running time: 98 MIN.
Flore Daimon ... Francesca Quartey Eliel Radon ... Etienne Glaser Berit Sordin ... Lena T. Hansson