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Gräns (2018)

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A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

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Ali Abbasi

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John Ajvide Lindqvist (based on the short story "Gräns" by), Ali Abbasi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Melander ... Tina
Eero Milonoff ... Vore
Jörgen Thorsson ... Roland
Ann Petrén ... Agneta
Sten Ljunggren ... Tinas pappa
Kjell Wilhelmsen Kjell Wilhelmsen ... Daniel
Rakel Wärmländer ... Therese
Andreas Kundler Andreas Kundler ... Robert
Matti Boustedt ... Tomas
Tomas Åhnstrand Tomas Åhnstrand ... Stefan
Josefin Neldén Josefin Neldén ... Esther
Henrik Johansson Henrik Johansson ... Patrik
Ibrahim Faal Ibrahim Faal ... Vårdbiträde
Åsa Janson Åsa Janson ... Sjuksköterska
Donald Högberg Donald Högberg ... Receptionist
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A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

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Sense Something Beautiful


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, graphic nudity, a bloody violent image, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Border See more »

Filming Locations:

Kapellskär, Norrtälje, Sweden

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,700, 28 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$709,511, 13 December 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The subplot about the pedophile ring was invented for the film and not present in the original short story. Perhaps it could be seen as a nod to John Ajvide Lindqvist's earlier novel "Let the Right One In", which included a subplot about pedophiles which was omitted from the film adaptation. See more »

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Performed by Turid
Music by Shel Silverstein
Lyrics by Jan Hammarlund
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MAMI Review: Grans (3 Stars)
31 October 2018 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

Ali Abbasi's Grans (Border) is a vague critique of the humankind from the eyes of primates where Eva Melander plays Tara, a physically deformed woman who has the ability to smell fear, shame, and guilt among other things in her fellow men and women. This is why the story has her working as a customs officer where she helps the department nab smugglers and child pornographers who try to get into the Scandinavian countryside through the port. But the essence of the film lies in Tara's encounter with Vore (Eero Milonoff), a person who doesn't seem to be who he claims to be. Abbasi's weird drama is very uncomfortable to watch - with shots of raw copulation and birth - but it still sends the point across that humans are the most dangerous creatures on Earth. The eerie music by Christoffer Berg and Martin Dirkov really stood out for me as I struggled to complete the final act almost 30 minutes after Grans had made its point. I won't recommend this to anyone to watch on the big screen but if the plot intrigues you, it can be viewed on VOD. To understand a hypothesis where, say, animals could react to what humans are doing to them and to the Earth. TN.


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