Strawberries With Real Milk

Well-meaning but at times too predictable and soft-centered, "Strawberries With Real Milk" (referring to a longing for something genuine) is a celebration of friendship and loyalty in the modern world. Pic doubles as a satire of modern TV, in which over-35s are deemed too old and the only important thing is ratings.

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With: Janne Carlsson, Patrik Ersgard, Asa Forsblad, Anneli Norberg, Per Morberg, Tomas Fryk, Nils Moritz, Steve Kratz, Tilde Froling.

Well-meaning but at times too predictable and soft-centered, “Strawberries With Real Milk” (referring to a longing for something genuine) is a celebration of friendship and loyalty in the modern world. Pic doubles as a satire of modern TV, in which over-35s are deemed too old and the only important thing is ratings. Helmer Joakim Ersgard made successful thriller “The Visitors” in Sweden more than a decade ago, but has since worked in Hollywood, directing low-budget thrillers.

Rolf (Janne Carlsson) is a popular TV personality who for years has made an interview series traveling around Sweden with his young camera/sound man, Ludvig (Patrik Ersgard, helmer’s brother). This summer, Ludvig learns he’s being considered for the position of producer of a new show and, when he finds out the job is to replace Rolf, he faces some difficult decisions. Meanwhile, the two have sought out Rolf’s ex-wife, whom he hasn’t seen in years, and Rolf is anxiously awaiting an opportunity to meet his daughter. Pic is told in a slow, gentle, non-Hollywood way, and is mostly a showcase for character actor Carlsson, who gives the film much of its sympathetic atmosphere.

Strawberries With Real Milk

Sweden

Production: A Sonet Film release (in Sweden) of a 2000 Bilder production, in association with Cineprod Jikell, Joson, Mepofilm, Muchos Latjos, Restaurang Tegelbruket, with participation of Sonet Film and SF Bio. (International sales: Sonet, Stockholm.) Produced by Thomas Samuelsson. Directed by Joakim Ersgard. Screenplay, Hans Iveberg.

Crew: Camera (color), Erling Thurmann Andersen; editor, Jan Persson; music, Bengt Nilsson; art director, Leo Saukkola; costumes, Maria Strid. Reviewed at Rigoletto, Stockholm, Nov. 29, 2001. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Janne Carlsson, Patrik Ersgard, Asa Forsblad, Anneli Norberg, Per Morberg, Tomas Fryk, Nils Moritz, Steve Kratz, Tilde Froling.

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