Review: ‘The Wedding Photographer’

A punk-rock shutterbug from the Swedish sticks is asked to snap shots at an upper-crust wedding.

A punk-rock shutterbug from the Swedish sticks is asked to snap shots at an upper-crust Stockholm marriage celebration in “The Wedding Photographer.” Scribe-director Ulf Malmros’ latest is an overly long and schematic but nonetheless quite charming comedy-drama that coasts along on the simpatico perfs of the helmer’s regular ensemble. Pic sold a solid 350,000 tickets at home this fall, though offshore action will be limited to fests and the tube.

Robin (Bjorn Starrin) is a country bumpkin with a passion for leather pants, chains and photography. A meeting with an over-the-hill TV personality (Kjell Bergqvist) and the closure of the local factory improbably lead to a job as a wedding shutterbug in Djursholm, Stockholm’s Beverly Hills. Country/city contrasts, class differences and regional accents are played for laughs, though the humor is not as spot-on as in the helmer’s previous pics (including “God Save the King,” whose rural punk-rock setting foreshadows Robin’s background). Slick craft contributions pay great attention to detail, down to love interest Tuva Novotny’s neatly asymmetrical clothes and hair. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s” Michael Nyqvist cameos as an uber-serious theater thesp.

The Wedding Photographer



A Sandrew Metronome release of a Bob Film Sweden presentation and production, in association with Film i Vast, Sandrew Metronome, TV4. (International sales: NonStop Sales, Stockholm.) Produced by Jan Blomgren. Executive producers, Tomas Eskilsson, Birgitta Holmar, Asa Sjoberg. Directed, written, edited by Ulf Malmros.


Camera (color, widescreen), Mats Olofson; music, Jimmy Lagnefors; production designer, Teresa Beale; costume designer, Jaana Fomin. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 19, 2010. (Also in Gothenburg Film Festival; Berlin Film Festival -- market.) Running time: 109 MIN.


Bjorn Starrin, Kjell Bergqvist, Tuva Novotny, Johannes Brost, Lotta Tejle, Michael Nyqvist.

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