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The New Country

A middle-aged Iranian man and a teenage Somali marathoner meet in a Swedish refugee facility and decide to run rather than leave their fates to the immigration authorities in this uneven road movie (2000), a condensed version of a Swedish miniseries. Dramatic and narrative balance may have been lost in the editing room: the tone of the picture careens between pathos and light comedy; subplots and side characters abound, but none are fully developed. Despite these flaws and some hyperventilated acting, the film's vision of Sweden as a flawed promised land is amusing and sometimes even scary. Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love) wrote the screenplay; Geir Hansteen Jorgensen directed. In Swedish with subtitles. 137 min.

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