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Holiday

A lavish trip to the Turkish Riviera goes horribly awry in this disturbing tale of power, exploitation and complicity.

Dir Isabella Eklöf
Prod David B Sørensen
Scr Isabella Eklo, Johanne Algren
With Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer
Denmark-Netherlands-Sweden-Turkey
2018
93min
Sales Heretic Outreach

Sascha (the fascinatingly elusive Victoria Carmen Sonne) is the trophy girlfriend of Danish gangster Michael. Whisked away on a luxury villa vacation, along with Michael’s uncivilised criminal family, Sascha shops, barbecues, drinks and parties to her heart’s content. But beneath the fragile veneer of joyful excess, the threat of danger looms. And when Sascha unwisely indulges in some harmless flirtation with a Dutch traveller, Michael steps in to exert his authority. Punctuated by scenes of extreme violence, Isabella Eklöf’s arresting debut is not an easy watch, but nor is it an unthinking provocation. Instead, Elköf has crafted a complex and often uncomfortably ambiguous portrait of male abuse and domination, shot with a chilly formalism at jarring odds with the sun-drenched vistas of her luscious Mediterranean locales.

Michael Blyth


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