May 18th, 2010

breaking bad

Män som hatar kvinnor

This evening I saw the film Män som hatar kvinnor (Men who hate women), in Swedish with English subtitles. It is given the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English. You probably know the author Stieg Larsson died and left three manuscripts which then became international best sellers. I think all three have been filmed; this is the first.

It's a good film: 'He is a middle aged investigative journalist, she is a butch and enigmatic computer hacker, together they fight crime'. The two characters are interesting and well acted and the artistic production is high class. It is not unlike the Swedish version of Wallander in visual style. It's a high quality middlebrow murder mystery. It's a pretty long film and I wasn't bored for a moment.

Warning: this film includes one scene of bad sexual violence against a woman. It's not endorsed or forgiven within the story - if you see what I mean, without giving anything away - but it could be problematic to any viewer. I personally held my hand up between my face and the screen so I couldn't see it (and that means I don't have a clue if it was made out to be sexy at all, even obliquely). I think it is problematic to show something like that, but while this scene is not central to the main plot, it does dramatise the emotional logic of the film, as signified by its title. I felt I had to include this much above the cut.
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