Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Things to Come) explores intersections between love and work, life and movies, and fact and fiction, in this satisfyingly complex romantic drama.
Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska
France-Belgium-Germany-Sweden 2021. 112min
Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth are ‘Chris’ and ‘Tony’, a couple on a summer retreat to Fårö, the Swedish island home of Ingmar Berman. Both are filmmakers hoping to make progress on their respective scripts; Tony is also giving talks on his own films. He works with ease, while Chris’ process is more reflexive, personal. She’s initially stymied by writing in Bergman’s home and sleeping in the room where Scenes from a Marriage was shot invites her to reflection on her own relationship. But a new screenplay idea soon emerges and Hansen-Løve opens up a second parallel story – Chris’ fictional one; Mia Wasikowska plays a young American filmmaker who attends a wedding on Fårö, looking to reconnect with her first love (Anders Danielsen Lie). The result is a clever Russian-doll narrative, sumptuously realised by Hansen-Løve and her stellar cast.
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