Though uneven and lacking a satisfying third act, this first feature by Swedish-born, Gotham-based director Fredrik Sundwall shows he's a talent to watch. But drama about a love affair between a Swedish man and an Italian woman has more of a future on ancillary than the bigscreen.

Though uneven and lacking a satisfying third act, this first feature by Swedish-born, Gotham-based director Fredrik Sundwall shows he’s a talent to watch. But drama about a love affair between a Swedish man and an Italian woman has more of a future on ancillary than the bigscreen.

Well-known Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg plays Adam (an OK perf), a production designer who’s trying to make it on Broadway. He meets the beautiful Eveline (Beatrice Macola) at a party, and they start an affair. He soon learns she’s a woman of many secrets, among them an earlier fling with Adam’s married half-brother. She also suffers from self-destructive fits of anger, which can occur at any time and cause Adam major problems in his work and his private life. At times suspenseful, at times dull, “Hostage” never really hooks the viewer as it should.

Hostage

(DRAMA)

Production

A Manifesto Films/Crazy Prods. production. (International sales: Manifesto Films, N.Y.) Produced, directed, written by Fredrik Sundwall. Executive producers, Bengt Marnfeldt, Helen Marnfeldt. Camera (color), Goran Hallberg; editor, Anne McCabe; music, Vytas Nagisetty; production designer, Stephan Beatrice; costume designer, Marco Cattoretti. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Feb. 6, 1999. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

With: Marcus Schenkenberg, Beatrice Macola, Eve Salvail, Myriam Cyr, David Arrow.
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