Director: Amanda Kernell (Sami)

Sweden | 2020 | 94 min

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Following her VFF 2018 hit Sami Blood, director Amanda Kernell reveals her sophomore feature – a gripping and intense portrait of the lawless force of an imperfect mother’s love.


After a divorce, Alice (an excellent Ane Dahl Torp) lives in Stockholm where she works in a hospital. She has not seen her two children, Elina and Vincent, for a long time, as she awaits a custody verdict. When her young son, Vincent, phones her crying one evening and tells her he no longer wants to stay with his father, Mattias (Sverrir Gudnason, The Girl in the Spider’s Web), Alice hastily returns north from Stockholm and tries to establish contact with her two children. When Mattias does not allow her to see them, Alice takes action, abducting Elina and Vincent on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands. She is determined to reconnect with them and re-assert her role as mother and protector.