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Directed by Ruben Östlund

Sweden 2011 113 mins.

“A deliberately provoked racial incident, based on numerous similar real life transgressions, is played for all it’s worth in Play. Swedish writer/director Östlund employs mesmerizing visual strategies to relate a disturbing tale of how five savvy African immigrant boys in Gothenburg take advantage of the liberal guilt and placating temperament of three local kids to rob them and take them for a ride to unknown destinations. Social, racial, and political credos are twisted, pulled inside out, and stood on their heads by this bracing and confronting work, which will challenge the assumptions of many a viewer. Play poses more questions than it answers as it lays bare attitudes lurking beneath the surface tranquility of Scandinavian life—a peacefulness that can sometimes be tragically shattered.”—New York Film Festival.