European Perspectives / UK premiere

A Serious Game (Den allvarsamma leken)

  • Pernilla August /
  • Sweden, Denmark, Norway /
  • 2016 /
  • 112 mins

Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Liv Mjönes / Fiction / Swedish

An illicit love affair threatens all it touches.

A tale of forbidden love set against the backdrop of Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century, Lone Scherfig’s astute adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1912 novel is a striking costume drama directed with real style by Pernilla August. It follows the love affair between Arvid (Sverrir Gudnason) and Lydia (Karin Franz Korlof), unable to marry because both are too poor, but still drawn to each other when older and wealthier. Despite their marriage to other partners they cannot resist each other, and drama lurks around a melodramatic corner. [PG]

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