“Completely Mad” certainly lives up to its title. A low-budget labor of love, pic is an often very funny look at the fragile membrane separating acting and real emotions, and its no-budget look has a roughness that’s surprisingly appealing. Arthouses and fests looking for more comedic fare should take a look. Movie opened in Sweden in mid-May, to excellent reviews but small B.O.
Actor Jean (Rafael Edholm) is married to a director (Edholm’s wife, Gorel Crona), who wants Life and Real Emotions in her upcoming production of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” So during rehearsals — in a room adjacent to a meat factory — she encourages Jean to make love for real to his voluptuous co-star, Julie (Yaba Holst). Unfortunately, Jean really takes to Julie, leading to all sorts of emotional complications within the troupe. Shot over 10 days, with Edholm himself directing under an anagram of his name, result is fast, funny and full of ideas, intentionally blurring the line between what’s real and not. Previously known solely as an actor (Susanne Bier’s “The One and Only”), Edholm has already wrapped his sophomore pic, the high-budget action-comedy “Baba’s Cars.”