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1,548 Ratings



Directed by Ali Abbasi
Sweden, Denmark, 2018
Drama, Fantasy, Romance


Tina is a customs agent with a nose for trouble. She can literally smell human emotions, which is a handy talent for sniffing out suspicious border crossers. But when a mysterious male traveller’s odour confounds her, she’s faced with hugely disturbing insights about who she is and what she wants.

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Border Directed by Ali Abbasi

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Un Certain Regard Award

Academy Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Contemporary World Cinema

A curious, promising piece of work that doesn’t at all make it to the finish-line of its potential.
January 05, 2020
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I don’t know a lot about Swedish folklore, so I was in an especially cold state as I went into this movie, written by Abbasi, Isabella Eklof and John Ajvide Lindqvist (also the writer of the 2008 film “Let the Right One In”), from Lindqvist’s short story. As cold as possible is a good way to see it. This is a movie that aims to startle in overt and subtextual ways; the less known before viewing, the better.
October 25, 2018
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The ambitious sweep of ideas makes allegorical nods to various timely socio-cultural issues, from the oppression of immigrants to the ostracization of racial and sexual minorities. But Border is less invested in glib symbolism or political commentary than in the specific, felt experience of being adrift between social boundaries and categories—and in the thrill of reclaiming one’s identity from those lost spaces.
October 25, 2018
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