Something Must Break

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A striking coming-of-age tale about a young transgendered teen set in present-day Stockholm.

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  • Director Ester Martin Bergsmark
  • Producer Anna-Maria Kantarius
  • Screenwriters Eli Levén, Ester Martin Bergsmark
  • With Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg
  • Sweden 2014
  • 81 mins
  • UK distribution Network Distributing Ltd

Having previously made waves with the formally innovative documentary She Male Snails, Ester Martin Bergsmark returns with a debut feature film that solidifies the emergence of a significant new filmmaking voice. Dissecting the line that defines antiquated notions of gender and sexuality, Bergsmark’s distinctive mood piece follows Sebastian, a shy transgendered teen whose world is rocked by the arrival of an alluring young man named Andreas. Initially captivated by Sebastian’s non-traditional outlook, as the relationship between the pair develops, Andreas soon begins to feel threatened by it and the foreboding sense of tragedy is never far away. Stylistically daring yet emotionally accessible, the love story that exists at the centre of the film exudes integrity and truth. But offering far more than mere romance, Something Must Break is also a subversive and erotic reflection on the body and what it means to forge your own identity.

Michael Blyth