Stockholm My Love

Stockholm My Love

Mark Cousins (2016)

87min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Following homages to Tirana (Here Be Dragons, 2013) and Belfast (I Am Belfast, 2015), Mark Cousins descends on Stockholm for this experimental melding of drama and documentary. Singer Neneh Cherry takes centre stage as the architect bunking off from a lecture in order to commune with the spirit of her African immigrant father while wandering around favourite haunts in the Swedish capital (Cherry's actual birthplace), but all the time weighed down by personal guilt. Between visits to a shopping precinct and a skateboard park, Cherry extols the virtues of the Skandia cinema, the Vasterbron Bridge, St Mark's Church and the Resurrection Chapel before rediscovering her mojo on a Tivoli rollercoaster. But, while Christopher Doyle's camerawork brings the archipelago city to beguiling life, Cousins makes intriguing use of music by 19th-century composer Franz Berwald, Abba's Benny Andersson and Cherry herself to capture its shifting moods. Meanwhile, musings in English, Swedish and caption form reflect on the alienating effects of urban living in the age of instant communication. As ever, Cousins draws on an impressive range of influences, but this feels more accessible than some of his earlier odysseys.

Summary

Premiere. A Swedish architect travels through Stockholm on a journey of recovery to find peace and understanding from something bad that happened to her exactly a year earlier. Drama, starring Neneh Cherry, marking the fiction debut for director Mark Cousins.

Cast & Crew

Alva Achebe Neneh Cherry
Director Mark Cousins

Other Information

Language: English, Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: BFI DistributionAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Jun 2017
Drama