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Border (2018)

Gräns (original title)
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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

Writers:

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 ... Patrik
Ibrahim Faal Ibrahim Faal ... Vårdbiträde
Åsa Janson Åsa Janson ... Sjuksköterska
Donald Högberg Donald Högberg ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Tina, who has grotesque, almost animal-like physical features, has always felt self-conscious about her looks. Regardless, she has: a live-in boyfriend, Roland, a dog trainer, at her isolated house in the woods, although they have never had sex, and Tina's father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, believing he is solely using her; the unconditional love and support of her father; a small group of friends; and the admiration of her bosses and coworkers in her job as a customs agent at the airport, as she is literally able to "smell" human emotions, especially guilt and fear. It is using that innate ability that she stops a seemingly straight-laced person entering the country, he who was found to be carrying a memory card containing child pornography. As such, her immediate supervisor, Agneta, places her on a small investigative unit to discover the producers of this material. Tina is surprised when she is found to be incorrect about another person going through customs, Vore, ... Written by Huggo

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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 | English

Release Date:

26 October 2018 (USA) 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:

$771,930, 6 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aubrey Plaza, involved in no way with the film, was such a fan of it that the filmmakers offered to allow her to host a screening. She arranged this screening at a theater in Los Angeles and invited 60 people to attend. Ten minutes before it was to begin she was informed that the film had not arrived in the theater. She went into the lobby to announce this, but mid-announcement was told the film had arrived. Everyone was seated and then forty minutes went by. She asked friends Fred Armisen and Nick Kroll, who were in the audience, to go on stage and entertain everyone. Armisen pretended to be the film's director while Kroll took questions from the audience. This lasted another twenty minutes. Ultimately the theater management said the film never arrived, but offered to show the crowd the film Suspiria (2018) instead. Then, an hour into showing Suspiria, they cut the film off abruptly and began to play Border, which had finally arrived. Plaza relayed this story on Conan (2010). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tina: I don't see the point of evil.
Vore: So you want to be human?
Tina: I don't want to hurt anyone. Is it human to think that way?
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Featured in Conan: Aubrey Plaza/Jenny Zigrino (2019) See more »

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På väg
Performed by Turid
Music by Shel Silverstein
Lyrics by Jan Hammarlund
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A Modern Fairy Tale
11 December 2018 | by airman4242See all my reviews

This is a weird one, in a good way. The closest thing I could compare it to is Eraserhead or Basketcase, and much like those films it's best viewed not knowing anything about it going in. Definitely a lot of growth here for writer John Lindqvist of 'Let the Right One In' fame. He really knows how to create a modern fairy tale through minimalism and his Swedish sensibilities really translate well for this story. All the performances here are terrific, especially the lead actress. I was also blown away by the prosthetic work, it's some of the best I've ever seen. Accolades aside I thought the cinematography left much to be desired and the story to be a bit predictable at points. Definitely not a film for everyone, and I'd have a hard time recommending it to most.


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