The Girl (11+) | TIFF

The Girl (11+)

Flickan (Sweden)

Directed by:
Fredrik Edfeldt
Blanca Engström, Shanti Roney, Annika Hallin, Calle Lindqvist, Tova Magnusson-Norling, Leif Andrée, Ia Langhammer, Emma Wigfeldt, Michelle Vistam
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In a lonely house on the countryside a ten year old girl takes her first steps from childhood into the world of grown-ups. The girl has to spend her summer with her bohemian aunt when her parents go to Africa to work with an aid project. But the aunt isn’t reliable and when she goes off sailing with a man she has met, the girl decides to take care of herself. A tragic and humorous journey starts, a journey that will put the girl through many tests. Through her neighbours and occasional visitors to the house she meets an absurd and insensitive grown-up world. Losing contact with reality, she becomes more and more withdrawn from the outside world, yet manages to find some relief in her own world of books, dreams, pictures and experiments.

Awards & Festivals: Audience Award, City of Athens Award - Atena 2009, Best Debut Film - Honorable Mention, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk - Special Mention (Berlin 2009)