Border stars Eva Melander as Tina, a border customs officer, similar to those I’ve been watching a lot of on Pick TV’s Stop Search Seize where, if you try and get one over Bruce Heller as you walk through the airport, he’ll snap your neck with a mere look!
Well, perhaps NOT as similar, since she sniffs a mobile phone and can tell that the micro SD card inside it is a bit dodgy, although I’d have to question that when she extracts the card, it’s already in one of those SD card shells you need to put it into a computer, so it definitely wouldn’t fit INSIDE a modern phone. Either way, she just senses such things.
She’s like a sniffer dog, but rather than sniffing out bizarre substances, she can sniff out serious crime! However, one day, she chances across a man called Vore (Eero Milonoff), who looks similarly unique to her, and specialises in a delicacy of maggots. Yummy!
Along the way, we see how their relationship develops, with fantastic performances from the two leads, which really shines through, even despite all the bizarre prosthetics on their faces.
You’ll find a new use for a fridge, and it’s great to see physical models (no spoilers, here) made, these days, when most filmmakers would rely on CGI.
Meanwhile, her father is suffering dementia, but that’s one of the most straight-forward aspects of this film where there’s some really bizarre and freaky stuff along the way. Alas, it also rather loses its way a little, and the story gets a bit directionless. However, there are rather one or two freaky aspects I’ve never seen before, so it’s got that.
And although the disc has decent picture and sound, the one thing which it’s severely lacking is extras. There are none. This is a shame as there must be bucketloads to say about this film!
Running time: 110 minutes
Released: July 15th 2019
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS 5.1 HD-MA
Subtitles: English SDH
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (Red Cameras)
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Ali Abbasi
Producers: Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, Petra Jönsson
Screenplay: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist Short story: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Music: Christoffer Berg, Martin Dirkov
Tina: Eva Melander
Vore: Eero Milonoff
Roland: Jörgen Thorsson
Agneta: Ann Petrén
Tina’s father: Sten Ljunggren
Daniel: Kjell Wilhelmsen
Therese: Rakel Wärmländer
Robert: Andreas Kundler
Tomas: Matti Boustedt
Stefan: Tomas Åhnstrand
Patrik: Josefin Neldén
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