A breakthrough part for young actor Jakob Eklund is the most memorable aspect of “The Ferris Wheel,” an uneven but sympathetic comedy with lots of dark touches.
Helmer-scriptwriter Clas Lindberg won several prizes for his moody “The Secret of the Underground” two years ago. New effort is more erratic, but certainly not without merits.
Marten (Eklund) is released from prison and goes to visit his cellmate Risto’s girlfriend, Kickan. He soon talks himself into her bed. When Risto is released, the result is an odd triangle, where both men claim to be the father of the child Kickan is expecting.
Trio dreams about buying a big ferris wheel to take around Sweden in summertime. To raise money, the men steal Christmas trees in the forests and sell them in the streets of Stockholm. When caught, Risto kills the owner of the trees. The men are now murderers, sought by the police.
“The Ferris Wheel” is difficult to classify; it’s both comedy and tragedy, and very unpredictable. This is an asset, but can also lead to some audience confusion. Overall, pic is an entertaining story of three people using extreme methods to survive, but it lacks the magic touch that made “Secret of the Underground” so enchanting.
Acting is tops, especially by Eklund, previously seen in Colin Nutley’s “House of Angels,” and Helena Bergstrom, who is now the actress most heavily in demand in Sweden.