Review: ‘Keillers Park’

Striking to look at, but lacking the passion to make the central story convince, "Keillers Park" is a fact-based story of a gay hate-crime in Gothenburg some years ago. Feature debut by documaker Susanna Edwards shows an assured hand on the technical side but lacks the same skills with her actors. Beyond gay fests, this has limited chances.

Striking to look at, but lacking the passion to make the central story convince, “Keillers Park” is a fact-based story (with character names changed) of a gay hate-crime in Gothenburg some years ago. Feature debut by documaker Susanna Edwards (“In the Shadow of the Sun”) shows an assured hand on the technical side but lacks the same skills with her actors. Beyond gay fests, this has limited chances.

A man is found beaten to death in Gothenburg’s Keillers Park and, in the middle of the night, Peter (Marten Klingberg) is roused by the police and accused of the murder. Flashbacks tell his story. Engaged to Maria (Karin Bergquist), and expected to take over the family business when his father, Juris (Gosta Bredefeldt), retired, Peter crossed eyes one day with street vendor Nassim (Piotr Giro). Soon, the two were in bed together — in a surprisingly explicit scene — and Peter’s life and work started to spiral downhill. Lenser Robert Nordstrom creates a portrait of Gothenburg that’s both welcoming and threatening, though the pic’s sudden jumps from color to B&W seem to have no aesthetic justification.

Keillers Park

Sweden

Production

A Triangel Film release of a Cine Qua Non production, in association with Film i Vast, STV. (International sales: Trust Film Sales, Copenhagen.) Producers, Christina Olofsson, Solveig Nordlund, Anna Pettersson. Co-producers, Tomas Eskilsson, Daniel Alfredson. Directed by Susanna Edwards. Screenplay, Pia Gradvall.

Crew

Camera (color/B&W, DV-to-35mm), Robert Nordstrom; editors, Rasmus Ohlander, Anders Refn; music, Peter Adolfsson; art directors, Erika von Weissenberg, Charles Koroly; costume designers, Julia Wikman, Charles Koroly. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Jan. 30, 2006. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Marten Klingberg, Piotr Giro, Karin Bergquist, Gosta Bredefeldt, Ia Langhammer.
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