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Swedish, Political, Gay, Rom Com- and its brilliant!,
This review is from: Four More Years [DVD] (DVD)
This is simply a fantastic film, sort of a `Thick of It'' in Sweden but with a gay love story thrown in. It is all about next Prime Minister to be David Holst (Bjorn Kjellmann). He is happily married to his job as Party Chairman of the Liberal Democrats, brought up as a Baptist he was taught to believe that most fun things were wrong, causing him to indulge in a life of denial including punitive masturbation (that is think of someone ugly while you're doing it). After his election goes south he has to rebuild the party from the ground up and starts to look at things a bit differently.
Then he runs into the stalking horse of the Socialists Martin, and as such sworn enemies of all things `right' ,(in the political sense that is), but there appears to be a frison between the cut back king of the right and the spend advocate of the left. David is also married to his personal assistant who has more good one liners than an average stand up, so often steals the show. He also has to deal with his ageing parents, inability to write speeches, bad pronunciation and his ratings free fall in the polls. Meanwhile Martin (Eric Ericson) starts to have feelings of a non political nature for his alleged nemesis.
So with bags more characters and humour thrown in, this is just one of those films that had me laughing for more than average in a film. It is all well acted and the comedy timing is perfect, but at the same time it has pathos and the emotions of all concerned are dealt with in a mature and grown up way, which is often missing from `rom coms'.
Special mention has to go to Tova Magnusson- Norling, who directed this and plays David's wife, Fia, she is just superb but plays it just right to leave the lime light for the two main characters, this is also a gay film that avoids the bedroom squelch as it would be superfluous, so if that is your thing, then give this one a miss. But if you want something original, funny. Sweet in a good way and ruddy entertaining then this is a must see, so long as you don't mind the sub titles or can actually speak Swedish - absolutely recommended.