When the family’s roomer (Olle Sarri), a student who is almost 30, joins the partying, some of the girls take a fancy to him. When he rejects Vera, things turn ugly.As with her first feature, Lemhagen created the pic in close collaboration with her actors, achieving a heightened level of realism by incorporating their experiences and personalities. As a result, the story has a very credible feel. Main problem is the short running time: If pic had been 10- 15 minutes longer, some of the characters and their motivations could have been fleshed out more satisfyingly.Technically, pic is OK. The abundance of hand-held camerawork lends the film a restlessness to match that of its characters.
Welcome to the Party
(SWEDISH)A Svensk Filmindustri release (in Sweden) of an SVT Drama production , with participation of the Swedish Film Institute. (Foreign sales: SVT, Stockholm.) Produced by Magdalena Jangard.Directed by Ella Lemhagen. Screenplay, Lemhagen, Pernilla Glaser.
(color), Anders Bohman; editor
, Hakan Karlsson; music, various; art direction, Jan-Olof Agren; costume design, Moa Li Lemhagen Schalin; sound, Lennart Gentzel, Goran Nylander. Reviewed at Skandia theater, Stockholm, Dec. 9, 1997. Running time: 84 MIN.
Charlotte Lotten Stahlberg, Fredrik Beckman, Nina Woodford, Kristian Lindhe, Ramses Del Hierro, Jenny Lindroth, Johan Svangren, Alexander Peyre Dutrey, Anna-Thea Schonmeyer, Natalie Sleyers, Tina Carlsson, Andreas Skjonberg, Sebastian Ylvenius, Benitha Karlsson, Sandra Nilsson, Olle Sarri.
With: Charlotte Lotten Stahlberg, Fredrik Beckman, Nina Woodford, Kristian Lindhe, Ramses Del Hierro, Jenny Lindroth, Johan Svangren, Alexander Peyre Dutrey, Anna-Thea Schonmeyer, Natalie Sleyers, Tina Carlsson, Andreas Skjonberg, Sebastian Ylvenius, Benitha Karlsson, Sandra Nilsson, Olle Sarri.A New Year's Eve gathering goes horribly wrong in "Welcome to the Party," an interesting sophomore outing by writer-director Ella Lemhagen ("The Dream Prince"). Excellent young thesps and helmer's intense style equip this small but appealing film with travel possibilities.Pic tells of young teenager Isabell (Charlotte Lotten Stahlberg) who lives with her parents in a large house. When her family goes off to celebrate, Isabell feigns an illness and stays home to have her own party. But uninvited guests crash the festivities, and Isabell soon loses control of the situation. Amid all the boozing and vomiting, some of the partygoers try to break into her father's medicine locker to search for drugs.Much of the activity is the work of the dominating Vera (Anna-Thea Schonmeyer), who uses the bathroom as her headquarters and plays people against one another.
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