In the riveting first scene, Tina (Eva Melander), a troll-like customs officer, demonstrates her preternatural sense of smell: It allows her to detect guilt and rage. After catching a child-porn smuggler, she gets promoted to detective, and then this poignant fairy tale takes a wonderfully disconcerting leap. Tina encounters Vore (Eero Milonoff), who, despite similar physical irregularities, insists—with outlandish comic urgency—on their beauty. Swedish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi adapted the ingenious script from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s (Let The Right One In) novella, and he skillfully blends passionately erotic and supernatural elements with thinly veiled commentary about the status of outsiders in today’s Sweden. It’s filled with surprises, absurdity and soulful moments. But it’s Melander’s stunningly engaging performance that makes Border—winner of the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes—a mesmerizing experience.
Telluride at Dartmouth is a unique opportunity for the Dartmouth community to get a sneak peek at the latest international films—directly from Colorado for special advance screenings at the Hopkins Center.