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.