SWEDEN – I was keen to watch a movie last night, as TV and most platforms had nothing (left) of any interest for me. Suddenly, I see that for a long time now there was a pending movie on my Netflix list, called MEDICINEN. I got a snack and an energy drink, my cigarettes, and started watching.
Was intrigued by the beginning. The cast is made of wonderful actors and had such great rapport, you fall for each character and their quirky but loveable ways, even the editor. The main character who the story revolves around is so sweet and relatable. It’s a comedy and a drama and a total chick flick. Loved every minute of this well-made Swedish gem.
Johanna works as a journalist for a women’s magazine. But her boss is an idiot, her salary is ridiculous and her husband has left her for a younger woman. With a great life crisis, she decided to try a new medicine. She is not prepared for the results.
I think I will make key points for what impressed me by the movie ending up with the thing/scene that made me actually shockingly realize how deep this movie was (for me).
- At first, the movie seems dull although somehow you anticipate seeing what happens next. And actually, lots of things are happening!
- I was impressed by the fact I never got bored from listening to Swedish or having to read the subtitles.
- It is interesting how the movie combines a European film directory with typical American (Hollywood) pop music of the 80s. It was great to remind us all that good music was indeed written back in the 80s. (Amazing sound by the way).
- At the bar scene I start to realize that I know the lesbian character while confirmed moments later when I saw Eurovision 2013, 2016 hostess Petra Mede in the movie, and honestly got amazingly excited.
- There is more Eurovision allure in the movie as Yohanna’s reference to ABBA is constant and her movie son is playing “Popular” (Sweden 2011 by Eric Saade) on the keyboards.
- When the doctor tells the truth to Yohanna, it seems it is the moment when we all realize the fundamental truth about life: We are, we feel, we pave in life upon our own will, power, and decision no f*cking what external factors want.
A lifetime lesson, even for someone in my age!
Congratulations to Director Colin Nutley, Writers Petter Lidbeck (novel), Colin Nutley (screenplay), Daniel Réhn, and the amazing cast of the movie.