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4.0 out of 5 stars A film for our times, 18 Sep 2013
This review is from: Play [DVD] (DVD)
Hmm, this was always bound to be a controversial film, playing as it does on the themes of immigration, racial stereotyping and crime on our streets. It's not an easy watch and it does take some digestion, but on the whole, I think it's a film that, if you care about society and the way it works, you should see.

"Play" revolves around a group of 5 black teenagers who appear to be operating a scam on the streets of Gothenburg, namely where they go up to other children and claim that the mobile phone that these other children have is the exact same phone that was stolen the previous week from the brother of one of the black teenagers. The main case shown in the film is whereby they try this on 3 boys, 2 of whom are white and the other who is of Far East origins. I normally wouldn't bother to describe the racial origins of film characters, but "Play" makes this an important aspect of the story.

We then follow the black teenagers and their "captives" as they make their way through the hinterland of Gothenburg on the way to meet this "brother" who has had his phone stolen. It's tense and uncomfortable viewing, but the success of "Play" is making you wonder where this whole situation will end up.

There is a post script scene to the film, whereby the 2 white fathers of previous victims of this same scam spot one of the black children on the street and accoust him, but have to explain themselves to concerned passers-by. Again, this is definitely designed to provoke controversy and debate.

I cannot say whether or not you will like "Play", but one thing I am fairly sure of, is that you will be thinking about its themes and whether or not it is racist (and against who), for a long time after you seen it.
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