Twin Brothers – 53 Scenes in Chronological Order 2011
Pangpangbröder, 53 scener från en barndom (original title)
1h 20min | Documentary | 30 September 2011 (Sweden)
Gustav and Oskar are twins. Oskar has Achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. Both have blue eyes and blonde hair. They approach life in different ways. The director, Axel Danielson, have filmed Oskar and Gustav over a ten year period – from nine to nineteen – as they grow up together in an old farmhouse in the country-side, in the very South of Sweden. In 53 scenes in chronological order we follow the brothers through their journey of childhood, adolescence and struggle for identity.
Or rather two childhoods. Because we get to know the twins Gustav and Oskar from the fact that they are only nine years to the rounding of the teens, a couple of plants that actually remind me of my own.
Because when we were little, me and my three brothers, we also grew up in the countryside. We had hens and other animals, played in the woods and fought hard together to counter the sadness and frustration of environmental exclusion. And just like Gustav and Oskar, we never really found our places in society when urban environments and everything that it implies were introduced, parenting and societal hand-in-hand with deviant interests, including the testing of drugs and role-playing. But just as for Gustav and Oskar, we were embraced by the adult and went on, it’s something I suppose these two boys did – because nothing else is mentioned.
Growing up can be problematic and nothing like the protagonists of Pangpangbröder has exclusive rights. It’s still very nice to watch a movie about ordinary people who do not do anything extremely or do not try to play Allan for the camera, they are accustomed to Alex Danielson filming them a little now and then and the beauty here is that everything is so common and Easy to understand. That I recognize 90% of all the boys goes through, both happy and sad times obviously help, but I do not think there’s anything to appreciate the movie as a whole.
At first, amateur photos that go on in better and better compiled pictures, Danielson grows as much behind the camera as the boys in front of and although it does not feel very important (it could have been amateur all the time) I put it on the plus side, along with Most things else. The only thing I feel like is that some of the most emotional and the honest movie sequences of the solitude hide in the extras instead of in the film itself. I am referring to smaller testimonials about the difficulty of fit in, uncertainties and the like. However, the balance in the main number is very good and it is difficult to stop following and wonder what happened later.
Extras are well-added with over forty minutes of film, built with the same chronological method as the actual movie, so really a little bonus movie. Some of the scenes were said to have been welcome in the main issue, but most of them only for small-minded rounding. The music is also found in the extras for those who are curious about it.
Pangpangbröder is an unexpectedly good documentary about something very common that becomes unusual because we get the chance to get it. Ten years of documentation that is well-cut, well-filmed and with a strong personal touch, by the way, also very well musical – as noted throughout the film. Then you feel like a voyager around the ordinary see the two boys grow up so take the opportunity and rent, look, buy pangpang brothers, a real crowd who will not let you go somewhere. (google translated)
Director: Axel Danielson
Writer: Axel Danielson (screenplay)
Stars: Gustav Eriksson, Oskar Eriksson