×

Trust Me

After winning some acclaim for his 2007 bigscreen debut "Darling," writer-director Johan Kling experiences a sophomore slump with "Trust Me."

With:
With: Susanne Thorson, Alexander Skarsgard, Philomene Grandin, Michael Segerstrom, Lotti Tornros, Gitte Witt, Lars Bringas, Michelle Meadows, Peter Carlberg, Moa Gammel, Richard Ulfsater, Vera Vitali, Gustaf Skarsgard.

After winning some acclaim for his 2007 bigscreen debut “Darling,” writer-director Johan Kling experiences a sophomore slump with “Trust Me.” Still trawling the fest circuit more than a year past its home-turf theatrical release, this glumly misanthropic backstage ensembler is the kind of enterprise one suspects amused its makers a whole lot more than it ever will any paying customers. Thesp Alexander Skarsgard’s rising international star should help snag some home-format sales.

The youngish members of a theater company led by writer-director Katja (Susanne Thorson) are rehearsing her latest play, but she seems the only person truly invested in the effort. Everyone else is bored, lazy, predatory, pathetic and/or a liar, with nearly all those terms applicable to Katja’s b.f. Alex (Skarsgard), who’s about to find out he’s impregnated another company member (Philomene Grandin). Other types involved in less-than-hilarious hijinks include the resident Don Juan (Lars Bringas), the lone plus-sized female (Lotti Tornros) and the peeping-tom landlord (Michael Segerstrom) anxious to evict them all for murky reasons.

In its final stretch, the pic tries a turn toward the warm and fuzzy via improved romantic prospects and justice properly meted out. But it’s much too little, too late after so much time spent with dully unsympathetic characters in quasi-farcical situations devoid of fizz.

A soundtrack packed with retro jazz attempts to force some jauntiness into the proceedings, to little avail. Those who eventually rent “Trust Me” (originally entitled “Puss,” or “Kiss”) to feast their eyes on “True Blood’s” Skarsgard will feel at least partly compensated; the actor briefly runs around clad only in a towel, then a skimpy kimono.

Performers are competent if hardly challenged. Packaging is slick enough.

Popular on Variety

Trust Me

Sweden

Production: A St. Paul Film production in association with Sveriges Television, Gotlands Filmfond, Nordisk Film, Filmregion Stockholm-Malardalen and 4 1/2 Film. (International sales: Trust Nordisk, Hvidovre, Denmark.) Produced by Fredrik Heinig, Mathilde Dedye. Executive producers, Gunnar Carlsson, Bo Rehnberg, Lone Korslund, Ake Lundstrom, Karin Julsrud. Directed, written by Johan Kling.

Crew: Camera (color), Jakob Ihre; editors, Johan Soderberg, Patrik Gyllstrom; production designer, Roger Rosenberg; costume designer, Anna Grenas. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Oct. 12, 2011. (In Mill Valley Film Festival -- World Cinema.) Running time: 119 MIN.

With: With: Susanne Thorson, Alexander Skarsgard, Philomene Grandin, Michael Segerstrom, Lotti Tornros, Gitte Witt, Lars Bringas, Michelle Meadows, Peter Carlberg, Moa Gammel, Richard Ulfsater, Vera Vitali, Gustaf Skarsgard.

More Film

  • Rita And Tom Hanks Coronavirus

    Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Return to U.S. After Coronavirus Diagnosis in Australia

    Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back home in the U.S. after they revealed they had contracted coronavirus and were quarantined in Australia. Hanks gave an update on Twitter Saturday morning, thanking everyone who had helped them in Australia and assuring people that they are still isolating themselves in the U.S. “Hey, folks…We’re home now [...]

  • Film Comment Magazine Goes on Hiatus

    Film Comment Magazine to Go on Hiatus as Film at Lincoln Center Lays Off Half of Staff

    Many companies are being financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Film at Lincoln Center is the latest organization to have to lay off employees and pause some of their operations. On Friday, executive director Lesli Klainberg released a memo announcing that the center had to furlough or lay off about half of its [...]

  • "Birds of Prey" egg sandwich

    'Birds of Prey' Actor Bruno Oliver Recreates Harley Quinn's Famous Sandwich

    When actor Bruno Oliver booked the role of short order cook Sal in “Birds of Prey: (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” he had no idea how significant Sal and his breakfast sandwich were to the story. “You couldn’t tell from the audition necessarily and as actors, we always worry about our scenes [...]

  • Minyan

    'Minyan': Film Review

    Best known for the unexpectedly soul-shattering San Francisco suicide doc “The Bridge,” indie filmmaker Eric Steel came out and came of age in 1980s New York at a moment just before AIDS devastated the city’s gay community. Such timing must have been surreal, to assume something so liberating about one’s own identity, only to watch [...]

  • Animated Movie 'The Queen's Corgi' Fetches

    Film New Roundup: Animated Movie 'The Queen's Corgi' Fetches North American Distribution

    In today’s film news roundup, “The Queen’s Corgi” finds a home, the Overlook Film Festival is postponed and the California Film Commission adjusts its tax credit rules due to the coronavirus. ACQUISITION Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North American rights to the animated family comedy feature “The Queen’s Corgi,” and plans to make it available on DVD and to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content