Hotell Denmark, Sweden 2013 – 100min.
A depressed mother runs away from herself and reality. Intimate psychodrama by Swedish director Lisa Langseth.
Erika refuses to accept her pregnancy and experiences trauma: she rejects her brain-damaged baby and can endure neither herself nor the situation. The depressed mother finds refuge in a therapy group – two men and two women – who all want to be different and take control of their feelings. Together, they go stay at a hotel and try to fix each other.
Stockholm’s Lisa Langseth has made a successful film, dealing with the crises of its characters up to the their catharsis – with much empathy. The result is realistic and suspenseful. An impressive ensemble piece, with a special performance by the doe-eyed, wounded Alicia Vikander as the depressed, withdrawn mother. With the issues it raises, its clarity and intimacy, Langseth’s subtle movie is reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s relationship dramas.