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.