I don’t know if you guys have ever heard of this film, but it garnered a lot of attention during the year of its release in Sweden due to it winning Best Film during the Guldbagge Awards (Sweden’s version of the BAFTA). Återträffen is probably the most unique film I’ve ever seen in my life. I really understand why it won Best Film during that year, it really stood out among the rest of the competition. It doesn’t really seem like a “film” but rather an art project. I found it immensely creative and I’ve never seen any other films like it.
It not only won the Guldbaggen for Best Film, but it also won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Fedeora Award – Special Mention in the Venice Film Festival, the Honorable Mention in the Stockholm Film Festival, and much more (I’m just naming the major ones), you can see it here in iMDB.
It was directed and written by Swedish artist Anna Odell, who plays herself in the film. The storyline is extremely “meta”; it seems like it’s real but it’s really all just acting. To summarise it quickly, Anna Odell created this film about her creating a film.
So in the film, she (Anna) created a film that depicted what she thinks would happen if she were to go to the reunion with her school classmates. After the film she makes (in the film) shows, she goes to each of her classmates and shows them the film that she made (and this all happens in the film).
Based on the iMDB reviews, a lot of people were confused. They thought that the classmates in the film (no not the film in the film, her classmates in the film itself) were her real classmates, but they were actors. Point is, everybody in the film Återträffen is an actor playing a character, except Anna Odell who plays herself.
I don’t really want to write that much anymore to prevent spoiling the film, just know that it’s extremely unique and ambitious, and is by far one of my favourite films of all time. I highly recommend it.
Photo courtesy of aftonbladet.se (please don’t judge me by my source)