Keswick Film Festival

Friday 22nd February 6:00 PM - Alhambra

Play (2011)

Director: Ruben Östlund Country: Sweden
Cert: TBC Year: 2011 Length: 118 mins
2013 Festival
Book Tickets Play (2011)

Audience Reaction

Score: 40.13% Attendance: 101


  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database

An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The thieves used an elaborate scheme called the 'little brother number' or 'brother trick', involving advanced role-play and gang rhetoric rather than physical violence. Play is elegantly shot - entirely filmed in static shots using a Red 4K camera - and while languid at times, it is punctuated by unlikely moments of humour. An award winner at Festivals from Tokyo to Tromso.

Thanks to Soda Pictures.


Ruben Ostlund remains a challenging and thoughtful filmmaker and the film offers plenty of food for thought.


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