Flicker

A dysfunctional telecom business in a small northern town provides the setting for "The Office"-like comedy in "Flicker."

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With: Kjell Bergqvist, Allan Svensson, Jacob Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Olle Sarri, Jimmy Lindstrom, Saga Gärde, Lotti Törnros, Gerhard Hoberstorfer, Annika Hallin, Sven Wollter, Sissela Benn.

A dysfunctional telecom business in a small northern town provides the setting for “The Office”-like comedy in “Flicker,” the debut of Swedish writer-helmer Patrik Eklund (Oscar-nominated for his short “Seeds of the Fall”). Consisting of interlocking tales involving workplace frustrations and mishaps, romantic misadventures, and militants with an electricity allergy, the pic ultimately finds a wacky way to tie its disparate stories together, but overall feels more like a series of comic sketches than a satisfying whole. Its humor will go down best with local audiences.

Musty, inefficient Unicom is on a downward spiral and the clueless CEO (Kjell Bergqvist) would just as soon torch the place. Beleaguered accountant Kenneth (Jacob Nordenson) can’t operate office equipment to save his life, but still wastes work time monitoring his dateline profile. Meanwhile, an arachnophobic cleaning woman (Anki Larsson) tries a new invention and a young repairman (Jimmy Lindstrom) suffers a tragic accident on the cell-phone tower. Brisk editing keeps the action moving at a vigorous pace, and the deliberately dreary, beige-toned color scheme is good for a few laughs. Ensemble of mostly TV thesps is fine.

Flicker

Sweden

Production: A Nordisk Film release of a Bob Film production with the support of Filmpool Nord, Nordisk Film, Sveriges TV, 4 1/2 Fiksjon, Bothnia Invest, Framestation, Directorn and Fabrikorn, Massarin Kulturproduktion, David Grehn, NFI, SFI. (International sales: TrustNordisk, Hvidovre, Denmark.) Produced by Jan Blomgren, Mathias Fjellstrom. Executive producers, Gunnar Carlsson, Lone Korslund, Per-Erik Svensson, Tor Okvist, Turid Oversveen. Directed, written by Patrik Eklund.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, DV), David Grehn; editors, Stefan Sundlof, Eklund; music, Jon Erik Kaada; production designer, Anna Paulson; costume designer, Helena Hansson; sound (Dolby Digital), Carl Svensson. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (competing), Jan. 31, 2012. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: With: Kjell Bergqvist, Allan Svensson, Jacob Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Olle Sarri, Jimmy Lindstrom, Saga Gärde, Lotti Törnros, Gerhard Hoberstorfer, Annika Hallin, Sven Wollter, Sissela Benn.

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