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The Reunion

reunion

Directed by Anna Odell / Sweden 2013 / 82 min

In 2009, the Swedish artist Anna Odell was committed to a psychiatric ward after attempting to jump off a bridge in Stockholm. Her 'suicide' turned out to be an art project – and her first film, 'The Reunion', is no less controversial. Hopefully, it will provoke at least as big a debate. Odell has again ruthlessly placed herself in the midst of a situation staged by herself – but based on real events. She was bullied as a child. And when her school class held its 20th anniversary, she was not invited. 'The Reunion' is Anna's idea of how the evening had gone if she had been invited and able to confront her childhood bullies. Not surprisingly, things go terribly wrong – and that's just the beginning. After the fictional reunion, Odell visits her real, former classmates to show them the film and get their reaction. From here on, the film escalates into extremes - even formally. In her reflection on bullying, guilt and responsibility, it places itself in a conceptual no man's land between reality and staging, where stand-ins and reconstructions let Odell live out her revenge fantasy. It is shocking and tough, but with a point: the unpleasant consequences of bullying, which her film confronts us with, are only too real.



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