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Offside (2006)

Director:
Mårten Klingberg
COUNTRY
Sweden
GENRE
Drama/Sports/Comedy
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Offside
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
Carl Clifton
Screenwriter:
Mårten Klingberg
Oskar Söderlund


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Peter Björn Bengtsson
Fredrik Mats Blomgren
Duncan Miller Brendan Coyle ½
Sara Maria Hazell
Boston Ingvar Hirdwall ½
Tommy Torkel Petersson ½

 

Review

I guess we all must admit that this story is about as mature and probable as every teenage footballer's fantasy, but we could care less about that when watching a film with as much uncorrupted feelgood and spirit as Mårten Klingberg's Offside. The idea is taken from the realm of such publications as Buster and Boing with which every Scandinavian football fanatic has grown up. What is most interesting about Klingberg's approach, is how he takes a look at how life has unfolded for one of those young, Buster-reading kids. The absolutely pivotal posision football has in these people's lives - even if they're a down-and-out 6th division player without a job - or perhaps because of that. Offside alternates between lightweight, pinpointed humour and satire and quite sincere, insightful meditations on different slices of life. Conventional dramaturgy with a fresh angle, and with some wonderfully hilarious dialogue.

Copyright © 6.11.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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