This was a well-made movie about mental illness and its effect not just on the victim but on her loved ones. The only problem I had was that the film was too short! At about 90 minutes, many of the fascinating characters are not allowed to develop--I wanted to see them as the story continued to unwind. Actually, I may be odd, but I was LEAST interested in the schizophrenic woman. Instead, the cold yet loving father who has GREAT difficulty with emotions and the husband who, at least to me, seems to be experiencing some denial (particularly when his father-in-law asked him about whether he wished his wife was dead--on SOME level, everyone in that situation MUST feel that way--his answer was evasive and I wanted to see more). The only one who really confused me was the younger brother. Did he commit incest with his sister towards the end of the movie--it seemed to be mildly implied. If so, this just didn't fit. Or, was this delusion on her part or am I just reading too much into the scene?! Regardless, its a good but difficult to watch film that left me wanting more!
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Martin, , a respected doctor, his wife Karin, Karin's seventeen year old brother Minus, and widowed father David of Karin and Minus' have convened at the family's summer home on an island off the coast of Sweden to celebrate David's return from the Swiss Alps, where he was substantially completing his latest novel. The family has long lived a fantasy of they being a loving one, David's extended absences which are the cause of many of the family's problems. Without that parental guidance, Minus is at a confused and vulnerable stage of his life where he is a bundle of repressed emotions, most specifically concerning not feeling loved by his father and concerning the opposite sex. He is attracted to females as a collective but does not know how to handle blatant female sexuality, especially if it is directed his way. A month earlier Karin was released from a mental institution. Her doctor has told Martin that the likelihood that she will fully recover from her illness is low, her ultimate fate being that her mental state will disintegrate totally, although she has functioned well since her release. In his love for her, Martin has vowed to himself to see her through whatever she faces. As Karin begins to lose grip on reality, Minus is the one most directly affected, although it does bring out the issues all the men are facing with regard to their interrelationships.
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