Border - swedish film drama

(original title Gräns)

Eva Melander plays one of the richest and most original characters you will encounter in any film this year

The Independent

Crime/Drama/Sweden - 2018


Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It’s almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man,walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him.


Ali Abbasi


John Ajvide Lindqvist (based on the short story "Gräns" by), Ali Abbasi (screenplay), Isabella Eklöf (screenplay)


 Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson

1 h 50 min

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Rating - 7.0


Rating - 97%

"In all its freakiness, Ali Abbasi’s film Border is something between a superhero origin myth, a cop procedural and a body-horror romance. It’s about transgression and taboo, crossing borders and infringing limits: about culturally constructed wrongness and socially deplored differentness – what anthropologist Mary Douglas called dirt as matter out of place.


The movie is based on a short story by Swedish horror writer John Ajvide Lindqvist (author of Let the Right One In) who has here collaborated with Abbasi and film-maker Isabella Eklöf on the screenplay. Apart from everything else, it’s a satirical reflection on the minority experience, perhaps also inspired by the director’s own feelings about being an Iranian who has studied and now lives and works in Denmark."

Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian - 4 ****