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I love good comedies and they are so rare. I lived in Sweden in the 80's for a year. When I saw this movie I thought to myself,"That could actually have happened where I lived back then." It is an insane movie in many ways, but it is actually plausible if you know rural Sweden as I came to. That somebody was able to distill this in a movie that is so entertaining is amazing to me. I laughed so hard it hurt. You will never see another movie like this one. It is a work of genius! The cultural observation/satire is only comparable to me in American film with maybe "Raising Arizona," "Escanaba In Da Moonlight," or "Waiting for Guffman." Adam Sandler's "Don't Mess With The Zohan" is another somewhat similar type film, but very different. All of them hinge on knowing the cultures and stereotypes and seeing what is really there behind the surface in some way. It ranks among the best comedies I've ever seen. Comedy is really hard to pull off. Absolutely brilliant film that could only have been made by a Swede. My admiration for the work is very high. And it was done on a tight budget, too. I've seen a lot of films at Sundance that could not hold a candle to this one for sheer creativity and nonstop insanity. It is a sleeping gem of a comedy. If it had been done by an American with the same insight into "American" crazy, I suspect it would have been a huge, huge hit.
Maybe it's fate (or maybe I just choose really, really well), but I've yet to see a bad Swedish film. Let the Right One In, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, Show Me Love, and, now, Slim Susie. In the previous instances, most were dark dramas or horror films. This time around, comedy is the order of the day. And, dear God, does it deliver! This film tells the story of Erik (Jonas Rimeika) as he returns to his spurned hometown of Varmland in search of his missing little sister, Susie (Tuva Novotny) and runs astray of drug dealers, corrupt cops, and murderous nursing home employees. Sound dark? That's because it is. But director Ulf Malmros makes up for that darkness by making everyone in the town who isn't Erik psychotically quirky. There's Tore Tumor (Anders Blomberg) who doesn't speak and is in a constant battle of wits with a screaming infant. There's Billy Davidsson (Kjell Bergqvist), the police officer who shirks his job by constantly lamenting his shame for having screwed up in Stockholm and getting stuck in Varmland as the constable. And, best of all, there's Grits (Bjorn Starrin), a constantly high drug dealer obsessed with A Clockwork Orange and amateur film-making who provides some of the funniest lines and actions of the entire film. If you like stoner comedies, film-buff parodies, or, as Malmros calls it, gangster comedies, you can't go much better than this film.