Jeppe R√łnde, Denmark, UK, 2015

Type: Live Action, Feature Film
Prod. Year: 2015
Running Time: 104 min.
Language: English
Production Company: Blenkov & Sch√łnnemann Pictures
Country: Denmark, UK
Type of material: HD, DCP

Sara and her dad Dave move to a small village, which is haunted by suicides among its young inhabitants. Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie, while Dave, as the town’s new police officer, tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides.

The film is inspired by true events – between 2007 and 2012 seventy-nine suicides were committed in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales.

Rotterdam IFF 2015 (Competition, World Premiere), Gothenburg IFF 2015 (Ingmar Bergman Competition), CPH PIX 2015 (Competition, Opening Film), Tribeca FF 2015 (World Narrative Competition), Karlovy Vary 2015 (Another View), Fantasia FF 2015 (Prix AQCC), IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg 2015 (Special Mention for Cinematography)

Jeppe Rønde’s starkly involving dramatization feels like a Joy Division dirge come to life.

It’s a subjectively sensory interpretation of events, adopting the perspective of a well-adjusted new girl in town who finds herself inexorably enveloped by the communal depression of her peers.

The movie could have played the story for cheap creeps, Rønde instead puts a sharp focus on how its heroine's natural adolescent confusion, romanticism and sadness are magnified by the continuing loss of her peers — a viewpoint that doesn't make the story any less unsettling.