An engaging debut from acclaimed theatre director Maria Blom, Masjavlar won three Swedish Academy Awards, triumphing in the Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Leading Actress categories. Playfully taking its Swedish title (Dalecarlians) from the residents of the Dalarna province in Northern Sweden, the film concerns Mia (Sofia Helin), the youngest of three sisters who moved away to Stockholm 15 years ago. With her father, Calle (Willie Andreason), turning 70, Mia reluctantly returns to her hometown for the celebration. When it transpires that Calle is bequeathing her the idyllic family lakeside cabin, tensions between Mia and her sisters Eivor and Gunilla soon surface. Establishing herself as one of the leading lights of contemporary Swedish cinema, Blom creates an impressive set of characters, all with unexpected depths and surprises, and paints a provocative portrait of family and community. With the cast perfectly evoking a tangled web of tensions and repressed emotions, Masjavlar melts even the coldest of hearts.
I wanted to watch this movie just because it stars Sofia Heliin and I had really loved her performance in the TV series The Bridge. (I can hardly wait for the next series). This movie was surprisingly good. There are three grown daughters. One lives in the village and helps care for their parents and micromanages the lives of everyone. Another daughter is a carer. The youngest daughter (Sofia Helin) has a good job in the city and rarely has time to come home. The family gathers for the father's birthday which is going to be a big celebration. The story reveals the complicated relationship of the sisters. The acting is excellent. It made me think about pointless movies such as Personal Shopper when this sweet movie really is an excellent character study.
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