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Exploring the trend for public shaming via social media, this topical, of-the-moment drama holds back the big reveal in its account of a crime that may or may not have happened.

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Director Beata Gårdeler
Producers Agneta Fagerström Olsson, Annika Hellström
Screenwriter Emma Broström
With Fatime Azemi, John Risto, Eva Melander
Sweden 2015
110 mins
Sales Media Luna New Films

Incidents of public shaming via social networks and victim blaming in cases of sexual violence have gripped the news in recent years. In Beata Gårdeler’s second feature, she explores these themes whilst probing the utopian vision of Swedish gender equality. 14-year-old Jennifer has accused a classmate of rape. Her tough exterior and lack of embarrassment make her a confusing victim and she finds herself under intense scrutiny. Using her more elevated social status, the boy’s mother begins a vicious online campaign of mass hostility to undermine Jennifer and her family. By choosing not to reveal the veracity of the accusations until the very last moment, Gårdeler explores the ways information is gathered to judge or victimise people. With a stark visual style reminiscent of crime photography and a string score elegantly underpinning the action, Gårdeler probes the mass complicity that is required for such situations to take place.

Jemma Desai

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