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Boasting dazzling performances from its untrained cast, Ruben Östlund's insightful feature sees five African immigrants employing Michael Haneke-worthy mind games to shake down three well-heeled kids (two white, one Asian) in a Gothenburg shopping mall. Courtesy of long takes (that offer viewers little reprieve from the mounting tension), we watch as Yannick and his teenaged friends corner their younger marks and proceed to mess with their heads for the entirety of an afternoon. As the hours drift by, the victims willingly hand over their possessions without a threat ever having been uttered. Furthermore, they never once make a run for it, despite the fact they're not being restrained.

Viewers will find themselves similarly incapable of averting their eyes from this wholly persuasive depiction of intimidation. Inspired by actual events documented by Swedish police, Östlund lends his confrontational material a thoughtfulness that elevates it above mere button-pushing. Most disturbingly, this cerebral filmmaker convincingly intimates that the aggressors and their targets are equally responsible for perpetuating the sick game they're embroiled in.

Duration
2 min 6 sec

Views
17,105

Posted On
November 04, 2011
Director
Ruben Östlund

Writer
Ruben Östlund

Studio
Independent

Release
October 5, 2011
Cast
Anas Abdirahman
Sebastian Blyckert
Yannick Diakité
Sebastian Hegmar
Abdiaziz Hilowle
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