Review: ‘Every Other Week’

Firmly rooted in today's world where divorce and new relationships abound, "Every Other Week" is a thoughtful if unexceptional comedy from popular Swedish filmmakers that will probably score best in its home territory. Exposure at the Rotterdam fest and its universal themes, however, may mean some foreign sales as well.

Firmly rooted in today’s world where divorce and new relationships abound, “Every Other Week” is a thoughtful if unexceptional comedy from popular Swedish filmmakers that will probably score best in its home territory. Exposure at the Rotterdam fest and its universal themes, however, may mean some foreign sales as well.

Jens (Mans Herngren) and his wife Tessan (Anna Bjork) have two children. When Tessan discovers Jens has a female friend, Johanna (Cecilia Frode), she becomes furious, even though Jens denies he and Johanna are having an affair.

At the same time, Jens finds out Tessan was unfaithful to him four years earlier. Also furious, he moves out of their apartment to stay with his brother, Pontus (Felix Herngren, the real-life brother of Mans), a TV commercial director.

Pontus is divorced from Maria (Anja Lundquist) and has custody of their daughter every other week. Even though they don’t live together any more, Pontus and Maria want to have another child together. Pontus wants to make his ex-wife pregnant the traditional way, but she is for artificial insemination.

Although four directors, all with backgrounds in commercials, are credited, the main work here was done by Mans Herngren and Hans Ingemansson.

Pic reps the fifth film collaboration for Herngren and Hannes Holm (“One in a Million,” “Adam & Eva,” “Shit Happens,” “The Reunion”). Their films often include parodies of well-known TV ads, and, similarly, “Every Other Week” includes to a series of funny commercials.

Acting is fine in a well-made if average pic that makes good use of its Stockholm locations, showing the capital as wonderful and alluring as it can be during summer.

Every Other Week

Sweden

Production

A Buena Vista Intl. (Sweden) release (in Sweden) of an S/S Fladen Film production in association with Buena Vista Intl. (Sweden), SvT, Stockholm Post Production, Riviera, FLX Comedy, Go Go Enterprises, and in cooperation with Canal Plus. (International sales: Trust Film Sales, Copenhagen.) Produced by Patrick Ryborn. Executive producers, Erik Broberg, Gunnar Carlsson. Directed, written by Felix Herngren, Mans Herngren, Hannes Holm, Hans Ingemansson.

Crew

Camera (color), Goran Hallberg; editor, Fredrik Morheden; music, Adam Norden; art director, Wilda Wiholm; costume designer, Jaana Fomin; sound (DTS Digital), Patrik Stromdahl, Lars Jamesson. Reviewed at Astoria Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Dec. 20, 2005. (In Rotterdam Film Festival.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Felix Herngren, Mans Herngren, Cecilia Frode, Anja Lundqvist, Anna Bjork, Sofia Ledarp, Vera Herngren, Vilhelm Backer, Pal Strobaek, Dennis Fredriksson, Adam Nordlund.
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