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Double Shift

The importance of a single actor is once again proved by "Double Shift," a light, only sporadically memorable comedy about two young parents that's dominated by thesp Mikael Persbrandt in a supporting role. First-time feature director Maria Essen wisely lets Persbrandt shine, signaling fine biz on local release in March.

With:
With: Eric Ericson, Lisa Werlinder, Mikael Persbrandt, Jens Hulten, Sanna Brading, Alexander Skarsgard, Eva Fritjofsson, Asa-Lena Hjelm.

This review was updated on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The importance of a single actor is once again proved by “Double Shift,” a light, only sporadically memorable comedy about two young parents that’s dominated by thesp Mikael Persbrandt in a supporting role. Persbrandt is mostly known for playing hard cops and other macho characters; here, he plays against type as a tough biker who dotes on his new baby. First-time feature director Maria Essen wisely lets Persbrandt shine, signaling fine biz on local release in March, though not much travel offshore.

Jonas (Eric Ericson) meets and falls for pretty Emma (Lisa Werlinder). When their daughter is born, everything is hunky-dory at first; but then Emma decides to return to work. (In Sweden, parents are encouraged to split paternity leave equally.) A cab driver at a small company, Jonas fears that, if he stays at home with his daughter for the next six months, his colleagues will feel he’s letting them down. Solution: Take the baby with him in his cab. Then Jonas accidentally meets Jocke (Persbrandt), who’s also on paternity leave.

Double Shift

Sweden

Production: A Columbia TriStar Films Sweden release of an Omega Film production, in association with Film i Vast, Nordisk Film Produktion, LiteGrip, Ljudlabbet. (International sales: Nordisk Film, Copenhagen.) Produced by Lennart Duner. Executive producers, Peter Kropenin, Tomas Eskilsson, H.P. Lundh, Kim Magnusson. Directed by Maria Essen. Screenplay, Stefan Ahnhem.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), P.A. Svensson; editor, Clas Lindberg; music, Magnus Frykberg; art director, Asa Isacsson; costume designer, Heidi Larsen; sound (Dolby SR), Daniel Saxlid. Reviewed at Columbia TriStar screening room, Stockholm, Dec. 15, 2004. Original Swedish title: Som man baddar. (In Gothenburg Film Festival -- closing film.) Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Eric Ericson, Lisa Werlinder, Mikael Persbrandt, Jens Hulten, Sanna Brading, Alexander Skarsgard, Eva Fritjofsson, Asa-Lena Hjelm.

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