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Low-Flying Aircraft

Based on a sci-fi short story by J.G. Ballard, film is a good-looking, low-budget thriller by Swedish-born helmer Solveig Nordlund ("Comedia infantil") with an unsettling, Big Brother theme. By efficiently using a rundown hotel on the coast of Portugal, Nordlund has created a bleak picture of how the world may look in years to come.

Based on a sci-fi short story by J.G. Ballard, “Low-Flying Aircraft” is a good-looking, low-budget thriller by Swedish-born helmer Solveig Nordlund (“Comedia infantil”) with an unsettling, Big Brother theme. By efficiently using a rundown hotel on the coast of Portugal, Nordlund has created a bleak picture of how the world may look in years to come. With limited theatrical potential, pic is primarily of interest to TV stations looking for offbeat product.

In a Europe of the near future, few people are still alive, and countries with too few inhabitants (like Sweden) are classified as “closed.” The decline in population is a result of few women managing to become pregnant. Those that do have mutant kids and, as a result, the authorities force most pregnant women to have abortions. Judith (Margarida Marinho) has gone through six abortions, and is now pregnant again; this time, she decides she’s going to have her baby, in secret, with the help of her husband, Richard (Miguel Guilherme), who takes her to a seaside town, where they hope for assistance from a mysterious doctor.

Low-Flying Aircraft

Portugal-Sweden

  • Production: A Filmes do Tejo, Radiotelevisao Portuguesa (Portugal)/Torromfilm (Sweden) production, in association with MC/ICAM (Portugal). (International sales: Filmes do Tejo, Lisbon.) Produced by Maria Joao Mayer, Francois d'Artemare. Directed by Solveig Nordlund. Screenplay, Nordlund, Colin Tucker, Jeanne Waltz, based on the short story by J.G. Ballard.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Acacio de Almeida; editor, Snezana Lalic; music, Johan Zachrisson; art directors, Mona Teresia Forsen, Pedro Sa; costume designers, Forsen, Isabel Peres. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Feb. 2, 2002. Running time: 80 MIN.
  • With: <B> With: </B>Margarida Marinho, Miguel Guilherme, Rui Morrison, Rita So, Canta de Castro, Ismael Lourenco, Sheila Buchanan, Maria Duarte Pereira, Fernanda Duarte, Jose Pinto. (Portuguese dialogue.)
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