The Reunion

The Reunion

Anna Odell (2013)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This Swedish docudrama is a strange but beguiling beast. Anna Odell, its writer, director and leading lady, was prompted to make it when she discovered that she hadn't been invited to her school's 20-year class reunion. In the first half of the film, Odell dramatises what might have happened had she attended that reunion, and the home truths she might have told about schooldays spent feeling ignored, isolated and almost invisible. Then, in a twist that puts a completely different perspective on things, and blurs the boundary between fact and fiction, she tracks down those school "bullies", shows them the dramatised reunion, and gives them the right of reply. Reactions are varied and illuminating. The Reunion is as much an exercise in catharsis and closure for Odell as a conventional feature film. The end product is unquestionably at the artier end of the mainstream film spectrum, though it will undoubtedly resonate with anyone for whom schooldays weren't the happiest days of their lives.

Summary

When she attends her high school reunion, a famous artist takes the opportunity to confront her former bullies and makes a film about her past experiences. As the atmosphere at the party becomes increasingly hostile, things begin to spiral out of control. Drama, starring Anna Odell.

Cast & Crew

Anna Odell Anna Odell
Anders Anders Berg
Robban Robert Fransson
Louise Sandra Andreis
Rikard Rikard Svensson
Nille Niklas Engdahl
Sanna Sanna Krepper
Linda Sara Karlsdotter
Director Anna Odell
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Other Information

Language: Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Jul 2015
Drama