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.