Truth or Dare

A moving and painfully true portrait of being a teenager and trying to make the right friends, "Truth or Dare" is a perfect film for its target audience, girls in their early teens and their parents. Since the subject matter is universal, pic could see some foreign sales. It's certainly the most accomplished film to date by feature and documaker Christina Olofson. Film starts with young Nora beginning a new class at school. She desperately wants to be accepted by Fanny and Sabina, the most glamorous girls in class, who are sought after by boys and seem to have all the answers. On the opposite side of the class is Karin, who is overweight and has strict parents.

With:
Nora ..... Tove Edfeldt Karin ..... Alexandra Dahlstrom Fanny ..... Anna Gabrielsson Sabina ..... Emelina Lindberg-Filippopoulou Nora's Mother ..... Carina Lidbom Teacher ..... Suzanne Reuter

Karin is bullied by the other girls and tries to strike up a friendship with Nora. The latter is torn by her growing sympathy for the clumsy Karin and her desire to be with the popular girls who despise Karin. When Nora steals Fanny’s personal stereo, Karin is accused of being the thief, and Nora becomes part of the group that sets out to punish her.

Director Olofson (“Lines From the Heart”) knows her stuff, and has clearly based parts of the film on her own school experiences. Pic realistically depicts the intrigue that is common at schools of both sexes. Young actors are talented and convincing — especially Tove Edfeldt as Nora — and Olofson shows a sure hand with them. Film does not fall into the trap of caricaturing the parents.

Tech credits are fine, with efficient use of an often hand-held camera. What’s lacking is material set outside the school buildings and apartments that could give an overview of the town in which story is set.

Truth or Dare

Swedish

Production: A Sandrews release (in Sweden) of a C.O. Film production, in association with Sandrews Film, duR-film, Film i Vast, Kinoproduction (Finland), with participation of the Swedish Film Institute. (International sales: Telepicture Marketing, London.) Produced, directed by Christina Olofson. Screenplay, Annika Thor, based on an idea by Olofson, Thor

Crew: Camera (color), Robert Nordstrom; editor, Stefan Sundlof; music, Johan Zachrisson; art direction, Hans Wannberg; sound (Dolby SR), Wille Peterson-Berger, Jean-Fridiric Axelsson. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 17, 1997. Running time: 81 MIN.

With: Nora ..... Tove Edfeldt Karin ..... Alexandra Dahlstrom Fanny ..... Anna Gabrielsson Sabina ..... Emelina Lindberg-Filippopoulou Nora's Mother ..... Carina Lidbom Teacher ..... Suzanne Reuter

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