Archive of films Daybreak / Om jag vänder mig om

2003, 108 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2004

Three married couples of various ages have gone through or are now going through marital crises. It is a painful experience which may leave permanent wounds, but it is also a call for self-reflection and for reelavuating attitudes. Berlin 2004: Blue Angel, Silver Bear for the cast.


The three main stories focus on three couples. Each of the protagonists is undergoing difficult and painful times, as are their kids, lovers, friends, and even the chance witnesses to their troubles. Anita forcibly enters the home of her ex-husband and his new wife in order to berate him for the bitterness she feels in having been tossed aside. At a social gathering (and in the presence of his two sons) it comes out that Rickard has been cheating on his wife with his best friend´s partner. Anders understands the value of good family relations upon witnessing the decrepit state of someone else´s marriage... Sensitive camerawork, sometimes seemingly glued to the characters´ bodies, promotes the Bergmanesque festering of the film´s personal tragedies. Shot within a narrowly defined space, the film forces its characters to acknowledge their failures, lies, self-deception, selfishness and solitude before allowing them to go on.

About the director

Björn Runke (b. 1961, Uddevale, Sweden) graduated in film from Stockholm’s Dramatiska Institutet (1989). Prior to this, however, he gained experience shooting commercials and short TV movies. He continues to work in television, and in addition to his interest in short film he has also worked on several features, among others Roy Andersson’s Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, 2000). The exceptionally mature work Daybreak (Om jag vänder mig om, 2003) was preceded by two other feature attempts – Steward Gustaffsons julafton (1986) and Harry och Sonja (1996). 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Björn Runge
Screenplay: Björn Runge
Dir. of Photography: Ulf Brantås
Music: Ulf Dageby
Editor: Lena Dahlberg
Producer: Clas Gunnarsson
Production: Auto Images AB, koprodukce / co-production: Film i Väst AB
Cast: Pernilla August, Jakob Eklund, Marie Richardson, Leif Andrée, Johan Kvarnström, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lindström, Magnus Krepper
Contact: Swedish Film Institute, TrustNordisk


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