‘Turist’ - Vanity Celis
'Turist' is the kind of film Michael Haneke would make if he had a sense of humor. It hangs out the dirty laundry of that most respected emblem of bourgeois society – the nuclear family. Ebba has a hard time keeping up appearances after a near-fatal incident that saw Tomas speeding away from his wife and kin. It seems their days are numbered – with Brechtian pancartes, nonetheless.
Östlund tests his characters' limits of control with long, drawn-out dialogue sessions. He frames them with gusto in the most awkward of situations: dinners go sour, evenings with friends are undermined by a breach of decorum. In true Bergmanesque fashion, the couple's troubles are set off against the relationships of their peers, who baffle both Tomas and Ebba with a few questionable morals.
'Turist' draws attention to human fallibility in the most humane of ways. It's no use trying to cover up every one of your shortcomings – not everything is picture perfect.
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