Före stormen 2000
1h 46min | Crime, Drama | 22 September 2000 (Sweden)
This is a story of a disturbed normal life. In other words, it is a story that fear transforms the lives of the characters almost to destroy them. Ali is a man who comes from the Middle East. Lives in Sweden, is a taxi driver and has two daughters. Leo is an unassuming boy classmate of one of his daughters. Both will live in parallel a descent into hell when fear is installed in their lives and consumes them from within. In the case of Ali, through a message that sends memories to a distant past as a terrorist he thought he had finally escaped; in the case of Leo, when a series of unfortunate coincidences lead him to shoot another boy who constantly torments him. Both characters have to face their fears or succumb to it.
This film is truly a piece of art. The acting is superb. Especially I want to mention the young actors Emil Odepark (Leo, the outsider teenager) and Martin Wallström (Danne, the school bully). They both provide a lot to the heart and soul of the story. The message of the movie deals with choices we are forced to make in life, especially when all alternatives we have are bad, and the consequences we have to live with after the choices are made. This sounds very “deep”, and indeed the storyline has several bottoms. Many questions are asked, and very few are answered. This movie makes you think.
In spite of the heavy subjects and the intellectual challenges, this film is never boring. In fact, I found it exciting from the first frame to the last. I can recommend this one to anyone who wants to see an exciting, well played, and well directed thriller that features more than good versus evil, hero versus villain. There are no heroes, and no villains, in this film.
Director: Reza Parsa
Writers: Mikael Bengtsson, Reza Parsa
Stars: Per Graffman, Maria Lundqvist, Sasha Becker
Michael B. (verified owner) –
The movie was fantastic. I enjoyed every moment of it
Anonymous (verified owner) –
This is a tale of two characters. Leo, a 15 year-old Swedish boy, is constantly tormented by bullies at school. Ali is a taxi driver from the Middle East who has made a new life and family in Sweden. Leo is subjected to shameful acts by the teenage bullies. He is made to clean their bikes. They make him strip nude and lock him in the girl’s locker room. Leo, who has gotten hold of a gun, is chased in the woods by one of the bullies. Will he shoot him? Ali is haunted by his past when a woman, “The Courier,” shows up with a package containing a severed finger and a video of his former wife and son, whom he thought had been killed, held captive by terrorists. The demands were for Ali to assassinate a man. Will he do it? This is the premise of this thriller. I thought it was exciting from the first to the end. There is never a dull moment. The acting was superb. This is my type of movie. I loved it and give it 5 stars.
Jan (verified owner) –
Excellent movie, following the lives of two bullied characters – a teen bullied by classmates and a taxi driver bullied by people from his past. It was compelling…although the dramatic ending was a bit contrived for one of the characters.