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Movie Review: A Serious Game (2016) Sep 26, 2018

Movie Review: A Serious Game (2016)

Rating: star star star star star (4.5 stars out of 5)
Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Korlof, Liv Mjones
Director: Pernilla August
Writer: Lone Scherfig, Hjalmar Soderberg (novel)
Genre: Love Story, Drama
Run Time: 115 min
Premiere Date: 9 September 2016
Country: Sweden
Awards: Guldbagge Awards 2017,
Price: FREE
Screening Location: Nay Pyi Taw Cinema, Yangon, Myanmar
Event: European Film Festival

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Synopsis
A Serious Game is a pensive adaptation of a 1912 novel by Hjalmar Soderberg. This is the third movie version of the book. Both film and book are iconic and a staple in Swedish culture. It's a forbidden love story fueled by passion that endured through the years, leaving casualties in its wake. At the end of the film, the 2 protagonists got what they wanted, but not exactly what they expected.

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The sexual tension kept being wound-up and wound-up until you feel your balls getting blue-black. You knew it will explode anytime with enough octane to ruin eveyone's lives in its wake. Despite the unraveling, you still feel restrain...perhaps a last hurrah for any human consideration left for the ear-marked casualties. I saw the mounting sexual tension more than I felt it. Thus, there was no lingering moment left after the film finished.

Movie Review: A Serious Game (2016)

Ending Thoughts
You simply cannot throw logic into a romantic situation and expect things to fall in order. Romance and sex are two very powerful forces that have caused empires to collapse and kings to abdicate. If it means leaving your family behind, cutting ties with old friends, seeing people kill themselves, and walking away from wealth into uncertain security, then so be it. Genetic evolution overules social constraints.

I guess the ultimate twist in the movie is that the guy didn't end up with the lady but he found freedom by leaving a loveless marriage. Same for the girl - she didn't end up with the guy but regained her freedom and her child. Perhaps it's not your typical happy ending but at least it's a meaningful ending.

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