“The boldest formal experiment.” —Slant
Set in Sweden and drawn from 40 actual cases of bullying by a single group, Ruben Östlund’s gripping tale follows a gang of teens who intimidate and rob three younger boys without using any physical violence. Issues of race become paramount as tightly controlled scenes expose the shifts in power and attitude that accompany group behaviors, illustrating the path between open-mindedness and racial profiling. Included in Director’s Fortnight in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 2011, 35mm, in Swedish with English subtitles, 118 minutes.
Join Östlund for a Q&A following the screening.