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CHRISTOPHER'S HOUSE

Sweden, 1979 (MIFF 1981)

Director: Lars Lennart Forsberg

Christopher lives in a large house surrounded by a rambling garden with his girlfriend, Hanna Downstairs live his grandmother, in her dotage, and a faithful maid. Christopher is a free-lance photographer with a budding career as a serious pictorial artist, and one day he gets a strange and unexpected assignment from an editor friend.

He goes to an apartment house and the janitor quickly opens his door to push a key into Christopher's hand, as quickly closing the door again. The key opens the door to an empty apartment and there, on the floor, lies an elderly suicide He has been dead for many days and the stench is overpowering. Christopher, nauseous and fascinated, takes the expected photos.

But from then on Christopher's life changes Why did the old man die alone'' Who left him there to die? He starts investigations, leaving the bewildered Hanna to fend for herself. desperately taking new lovers.

Christopher's House is a psychological thriller about a man who breaks with the present.

”Thommy Berggren is a marvel as an actor. Whether his face is still or in psychological shadings far richer than anything implied in the script. Agneta Eckemyr is nicely eyecatching as the mistress and does some clear, subdued acting. So does Borje Ahlstedt as the cynical editor of a scandal weekly.

Everybody performs well, actually; the cinematography is handsome and so are all production values.”

Variety

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