PLAY (2011) [feature]

Sweden/France/Denmark (MIFF 2011 , International Panorama)
Director: Ruben Östlund

A behavioural and psychological drama, based on true accounts of a racially charged street scam in Sweden.

Over the course of a tense afternoon, five kids of African descent playfully toy with three well-heeled white teens. Using complex intimidation, racial preconceptions, vague threats and menacing head games, they lure the white boys to an isolated no-man's-land where they propose a perverse competition that will relieve their victims of everything they value.

This confrontational drama from writer-director Ruben Östlund (Incident by a Bank, MIFF 2010) calls upon a non-professional cast and unsettlingly long takes to delve beneath the unacknowledged codes of human behaviour.

"Thoughtful and occasionally harrowing... a fascinating exercise in psychology." - Screen International

D/S Ruben Östlund P Erik Hemmendorff Dist Madman Entertainment L Swedish w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011

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