The sixth in writer-director Richard Hobert’s series of films dealing with the Seven Deadly Sins, “Where the Rainbow Ends” is an ambitious drama, with a top-notch cast, that is also partly a musical. Foreign prospects, however, look uncertain, because the music, which plays an important part throughout, is bland and uninspired.
In all of the series’ films except this one, Hobert has centered the action on young couple Mikael (the increasingly excellent Goran Stangertz) and Catti (Camilla Lundin). When pic starts, rock singer Mikael has written a musical, loosely based on his life, that he plans to open in a circus tent in Malmo. But he’s deep in debt; Catti is forced to close her clothes shop, the couple lose their flat, and they must move to a trailer park.
There they encounter Tove (Pernilla August), victim of a bitter divorce, and she and Catti become friends. Catti tries to raise funds to save Mikael’s production, which leads her to his former friend Rajje (Rolf Lassgard), a successful but shady promoter. Rajje promises to put up the necessary coin, but it soon becomes evident he has an agenda of his own.
Intercut with these events are scenes from the musical, as well as Mikael’s dreams that have inspired the production. In the dreams, the ominous, cynical Messenger is played by Lassgard; in scenes from the musical, he’s played by Tommy Korberg, one of Sweden’s most famous musical artists.
The intercutting among the pic’s three layers is at first confusing but gradually becomes interesting and rather effective. The film is let down, however, by Hobert’s insistence on repeating points ad nauseam, and by his less-than-catchy songs for a musical that everyone insists will be a surefire hit. Latter is a pity, because you couldn’t find better singers in Sweden than artists Korberg, Peter Joback (as the Star), Helen Sjoholm (the Woman) and Sharon Dyall (the Mannequin).
The seventh and final film in the series will premiere at the Gothenburg fest in February.