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The Reunion

Both funny and sad, "The Reunion" is another observational gem from filmmaking duo Mans Herngren and Hannes Holm. The two writer-directors show with brutal clarity that one's school days were far worse than remembered. Slickly put together movie should be as much of an international success as "Adam & Eve."

Both funny and sad, “The Reunion” is another observational gem from filmmaking duo Mans Herngren and Hannes Holm (“Adam & Eve,” 1997; “Shit Happens,” 2000), this time focusing on a class get-together and its aftermath. By constantly moving between the present and 20 years ago, with characters walking into the latter scenes and commenting on events, the two writer-directors show with brutal clarity that one’s school days were far worse than remembered. Slickly put together movie should be as much of an international success as “Adam & Eve.”

Magnus (Bjorn Kjellman) thinks he has everything — a wife (Cecilia Frode), a kid, a well-paid job, a nice house, an expensive car — but he lacks a spark in his life. When he’s invited to a reunion party, he initially has no intention of going but then wonders if Hillevi (Inday Ba), his big love at age 15, will show up. At the party, all the old role-playing quickly falls back into place: The bullies are still bullies, and so on. When Hillevi does show up, Magnus’ life is changed forever. Kjellman, the male lead in “Adam & Eve,” is excellent.

The Reunion

Sweden

  • Production: A Buena Vista Intl. (Sweden) release of a Fladen Film production, in association with SVT Malmo and Buena Vista Intl. (Sweden). (International sales: Nordisk Film Intl. Sales, Copenhagen.) Produced by Patrick Ryborn. Directed, written by Mans Herngren, Hannes Holm.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Goran Hallberg; editor, Fredrik Morheden; music, the Ark; art director, Mikael Varhelyi; costume designer, Madeleine Thor. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Feb. 1, 2002. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: <B> With: </B>Bjorn Kjellman, Inday Ba, Cecilia Frode, Oskar Taxen, Henrik Hjelt, Lisa Lindgren, Ulla Friberg.
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