Sunday, 10 March 2019
Border - a film review
Tina (Eva Melander) works for the Swedish customs office, using her extremely well developed sense of smell to sniff out contraband. She has a facial disfigurement and feels like an outcast from human society. She lives in the countryside and has a very close relationship with nature, wandering barefoot round the forests, knowing when deer are about to cross the road in front of her and making friends with foxes.
One day at work, a strange man, Vore (Eero Millinoff) walks through customs, and Tina asks to inspect his bag which turns out to be full of maggots.
Tina and Vore become close and discover that they have a lot in common including a closeness to nature. Things take a turn for the worse though as Tina finds out Vore's secrets.
This is a compelling film about being an outsider bringing in Scandanavian folklore in what can be read as a commentary on Sweden's past experiments in eugenics.
Border is showing at Filmhouse in Edinburgh until Thursday 14 March.