I get what the director/screenwriter was trying to do but it was just poorly executed. The film didn't have any depth to it, at times when I thought there would be more character development, it just didn't happen. Also, the rape scene was really insulting, I am so tired of rape coming across as rough sex in films.
[MUBI] (Isabella: you dedicated this to your dad?!) Haneke+Von Trier are laughing their asses off. Bleak indeed. The scarf incident left more scars in me than the assault scene. Musse is beaten to a pulp then he offers them gifts, makes sense. Bo's face when Musse fist-bumps him despite his knuckles still being bruised from mauling his face in. Karsten's Andersson-like deadpan demeanor+sense of humor killed me dead.
Foudroyante manière de filmer des décors sublimes de perfection, qu'on croirait affichés sur l'Instagram de quelques privilégiés désireux de nous montrer la beauté qui les protège de la mort et de la dureté du monde. L'image du bateau est bien trouvée: contempler l'horizon, l'immensité libre, mais ne pouvoir s'échapper sans se noyer...Les miroirs sont le témoin des hommes et des femmes, que voient-ils? Pure et dur.
BETWEEN THOMAS and MICHAEL, would you share Sascha's choice ? Sexual, violent, vulgar, this film, which makes you think, offers a bitter & heart touching portrait of a woman ... === ENTRE THOMAS et MICHAEL, partageriez-vous le choix de Sascha? Sexuel, violent, vulgaire, ce film, qui fait réfléchir, propose un amer & poignant portrait de femme... 3,5/5
A raw depiction of an abusive relationship. Violence, its normalisation, and the ambiguous traumatic bond between abuser and abused are very well portrayed; perhaps to the point of leaving viewers uncertain about what they have just witnessed if they do not have a good understanding of the dynamics at play in abusive relationships.
I remember this being marketed, similarly to "Revenge," as a modern take on the rape/revenge genre, but "Holiday" proves altogether more subversive. Isabelle Eklöf is clearly a student of Haneke's sterile despair—the wide angles, long takes, and documentary-like detachment. A portrait of a young woman locked in an abusive cycle that nevertheless holds her accountable for the evil inflicted upon those around her.
A vicious and vulgar little film. It doesn't offer much apart from a great deal of contempt. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities, even though the girl does possess some genuine warmth it is still self-serving and manipulative. The 'family' live under a reign of terror, lorded over by an emotionally impotent monster. A tough watch, (even without the brutal rape scene).
Por alguna extraña razón, el cine escandinavo puede perturbarme como ningún otro. "Holiday" (2018), de Isabella Eklöf, no es la excepción; una historia que contiene violencia contenida a lo largo del filme hasta que la pólvora regada termina por explotar al primer cerillazo.
Quando o filme terminou eu não sabia dizer se havia gostado ou não, mas com um tempo refletindo sobre ele, decidi: é um ótimo filme. Parece que não quer te levar a lugar nem um, mas tem um forte roteiro e gera muita reflexão sobre a condição feminina, relações de poder, o deslumbramento pelo luxo e luxúria. Em fim, excelente filme. E a direção é indiscutivelmente boa!
Alienation analysis magnified. Exotic treatment achieved by Eklöf to unveil—by means of make us observe an insipid lifestyle—sad inabilities of an abuser/abused mutual construction to neither connect with oneself, nor with the rest of the world. When human condition is gone, humans are mere objects.