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.