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Daybreak

This bleak 2003 Swedish melodrama finds its footing through an adroit ensemble cast led by Pernilla August as the wife of a philandering heart surgeon whose indiscretions cost him his job. Across town, in intersecting story lines, a ferocious divorcee terrorizes her ex-spouse and his much younger new wife, and a workaholic contractor faces a moral dilemma when a dotty elderly couple offers him a large sum to wall them into their house. Writer-director Bjorn Runge orchestrates the mounting tensions to an almost unbearable pitch as his characters lay waste, purging themselves through cruel games. In Swedish with subtitles. 108 min.

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