Call Girl
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland
Drama, Thriller
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Mikael Marcimain
Pernilla August as Dagmar Glans
Jade Viljamaa as Minna
Maria Alm Norell as Iris mamma Gunnel
Lena B. Eriksson as Socialsekreterare Britt
Sverrir Gudnason as Krister
David Dencik as Aspen
Sven Nordin as Glenn
Storyline: Call Girl is set in the late 1970s - a time time of women's liberation, sexual revolution, Swedish neutrality, nuclear power and social security. The film takes us on a trip from the very bottom of society, along dark back streets, through glitz and glamour, to the corridors of power which are a labyrinth of secrets. The story is inspired by a Swedish political scandal known as Bordellhärvan which linked underage prostitution with powerful customers believed to come from the highest levels of society.
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Scandal call
1970s and a Swedish scandal which is said took place in reality. High politicians went to prostitutes, some of them certainly much under age.

The problem with this film is whether it's having too little or too much to do with what really happened. Real historical persons appear here, only slightly disguised or not disguised at all really. But that's another kind of discussion. Are there anyway qualities to be found?

Yes, the so called life of the young girls is narrated in a rather touching way and focus should have been on that. Instead it's about corrupt politicians, corrupt police captains and a single policeman trying to fight it. The characters are somewhat square, which hides the story a little.
Powerful people can silence everyone, even filmmakers today.
This movie is a fictitious account of the infamous "Geijeraffären" from the mid 70's where powerful men of the upper Swedish hierarchies, even ministers, bought sexual favors from young call girls, provided for them by a notorious brothel madam.

The movie has a strong theme, about how men in powerful positions feel they are entitled to almost everything, even buying sex from underage girls. The men of the upper classes' abuse of power and money is shown very clearly, and they don't shy away from threats or even murder to cover up what they have done. The real focus though is on the unfortunate girls from society's lower classes, who are abused by these men without a second thought, and this makes for horrendous viewing that really makes you feel uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, the film's theme has somewhat been overshadowed by a controversy between the filmmakers and the Palme family. The hot topic is whether the prime minister in film is a portrayal of former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme or whether it is merely a fictional character. After initially defending their work, the director Michael Marcimain cowardly and spinelessly decided to cut his film, removing a key scene in a hotel room. Unfortunately, this leaves a HUGE plot hole, and the ending of the movie doesn't really make sense the same way without it.

Since I watched the censored blu-ray version I had to do some research afterward to piece together the importance of the missing scene with the rest of the movie.

The movie is a beautifully shot period piece and a top class conspiracy thriller reminding me of Robert Redford's best efforts back in the 70s like Three Days of the Condor or All the President's Men. However, it's tragic how the filmmakers failed do defend their excellent work and decided to cut their own movie after pressure from the Palme family. This act of cowardice is a source of frustration for everyone who is forced to watched the censored version and unfortunately this takes away some of the attention from the powerful theme of the film and what the filmmakers really wanted to say.
Good, but overlong with a too slow first half
CALL GIRL is one of those slow and sombre Scandinavian productions that's all about the slow burn. It tells the true story of a scandalous call girl ring running in Sweden in the 1970s in which underage girls were procured for leading politicians of the era. Names have been changed but the viewer nonetheless comes away with some idea of the corruption inherent during the era, and of course we all know that most countries have their own skeletons in the closet from that decade.

As a film, CALL GIRL doesn't really excite or involve the viewer too much, although it's certainly very well made and beautifully directed in places. The subject matter is racy but somehow never sleazy; there's a classy slickness to the production that veers on the right side of taste. Saying that, there's still a heck of a lot of nudity from the young women involved, so it's not going to be for all tastes. The acting is of a generally realistic standard, too. My main issue is with the overlong running time; at least half the has elapsed before the story begins for real with the police investigation and some efficient pruning could have turned this into something really remarkable.
Beautiful and provocative
'Call Girl' premiered in the UK yesterday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and earnt its inclusion with a clever narrative, great casting and an outstanding performance from Pernilla August.

August's portrayal of Dagmar Glans, or the real-life Doris Hope, was remarkably accomplished. Her interactions with the girls, police and politicians of 70's Sweden were entirely convincing. She is at once powerful and repulsive and cannot be ignored.

The film provides social and political context through multiple narratives that allow the audience to glimpse the story from the point of view of the girls, their guardians, Glans, the secret service and the politicians in equal measure.

The clever casting of a wide array of politicians allows the film to show both an intimate and distant side to their world. They are effectively juxtaposed with the girls that they use and, through this, come across to the audience as powerful, feared but flawed characters.

The soundtrack and wardrobe are also worthy of a positive mention.

For me 'Call Girl' is less enjoyable due to some exaggerated acting and plot jumps.

The representation of Simon J Berger's policeman 'hero' is exaggerated. His actions are enough for the audience to understand his noble intentions and his abrasive style. There is no need for the added swagger, the punch and the rock-star dress-sense that is bolted-on to this character.

The change which comes about in the friendship between Iris and Sonja is acted out unconvincingly by Sofia Karemyr and Josefin Asplund.

Also, the sequence at the beginning of the film which shows the press officer in Sandberg's office might confuse viewers. Instead the action could cut directly from the introductory TV interview to Iris and her mother.

This film taught and engaged me and I would highly recommend it. If you enjoyed this movie you may also like 'Shame' (2011).
Don't run off with strangers, girls!
Swedish thriller regarding prostitutes and politicians in the Seventies, which caused quite a stir in its own country due to its suggestion that a popular prime minister of that era engaged in secret sexual hook-ups with underage girls who were forced into this sleazy business. Though in truth the movie only briefly touches upon that particular subject, it's no surprise many Swedes would take offense at the rather bleak and harsh view Call Girl offers of the political arena of the day and its subversive fascination with young female flesh, as seen through the eyes of a troubled teenage girl, locked away in a juvenile rehabilitation center. As she escapes her confinement she and her friend soon meet up with all the wrong people and are ushered into a world of glitter and power where they can have whatever they want, but for a price. Under the "care" of an unscrupulous older woman, a terrifying role by Pernilla August (once Anakin's warm and caring mum), she finds herself landing the job of underage hooker, being shipped from one dirty old powerful man to the other, seemingly with no hope of escape. Meanwhile, a political news reporter gets wind of the whole affair and means to expose it, but finds himself intimidated by the agents of the powers-that-be at every turn, until there is no way out but death or victory. Call Girl cannot be denied to be a gutsy movie, handling a sensitive topic with nerve and bravery, but there's various elements against either enjoying it as a thriller or taking its contents too seriously. For one thing, there is the excessive running time of 140 minutes, which surely could have been shorter to make for a more compelling film, since several scenes of political corruption and debauchery, heroic investigative journalism and plenty of bare boobs feel redundant. For another, the main girl the movie revolves around is a rather stupid, obnoxious and spoiled young cow, making one stupid decision after the other to predictable effects, making it hard to really care about her fate since she so obviously did everything to deserve it. Though the ice cold, wholesomely disturbing role by August and the shocking, uncompromising climax make up for it quite a bit, it's not enough to make the movie feel like its overstaying its welcome, while appearing to warn teenagers to behave and stay away from strangers a little too overtly.
Good fim about who wealthy people use poor girls with problem.
A movie to check on how our former government (Social now) took advantage of the previous Liberal system ..

And if the terrible female brothel owners (Dagmar Gloss) who took advantage of young girls into prostitution against their will.

The girls was girls with problem and the government take care of and after that being used by the Hight politician and outhers really really wealthy people who don't care about outer people..

Interesting story about Sweden's gruesome history and how rich people exploit vulnerable women in the past so liberal society where money is more important than the people ..

Luckily both Sweden and the United States throw out the Liberal government ..
Semi adult-drama based on the real events
A Swedish semi adult-drama inspired by the real story of country's corruption and scandal during the time woman's liberation and the sexual revolution. It also went through controversy before hitting the screen. The story is set in the backdrop of the 1976 general election which centers around two troubled teenage girls Iris and Sonja. They are sent to live in a juvenile home, in the night time they begin to explore the city with other girls from the institution. Then they meet a woman called Dagmar who introduce them into the all new world. Like the German movie 'The Lives of Others' a young police officer named Sandberg is assigned to comb the taped phone calls, only for the formality. As he goes deeper into it becomes bigger, he cross-connects which crack loose everything to hit him back.

The movie might be about prostitution but it had less nude scenes which come occasionally. That mean you should not consider it is suitable for all age group. But good for the movie fans from different category who are willing to know the true incident than witnessing sexual side of the tale. It also indicates the struggle of underage girl's without proper guidance in the society. More like the country's security system was flawed. Especially the character Iris' run away at the end tells how safe it was for women in those times.

The filmmakers brought the real atmosphere of 70s. I think it was the perfect cast and their performances. Overall it was a nice movie which throws some lights on the truth about illegal activities and underage prostitution and also dragging the powerful names. Yeah, you must see this movie to know all these in picture than expecting some erotic.

A must see watch of corruption from the higher ranks
Here's something different. Interesting and intriguing drama told from fact, about some juvie hotties who were used for the sexual pleasure older perverts of high ranking society, some politicians, etc, one finding himself in a corner. Some of them are so repellent as are some of the the older sex workers, you wouldn't touch with a nine foot pole. Callgirl indeed has some strong moments, ones of pure intensity as it builds to a climax of unexpected revolutions, of revolving doors for the characters, where the baddies get away with it, and our two young teens are back in the squalor. Some of the scenes involving girls looking particularly young, 14-15, undressing and being fondled, I'm amazed the filmmaker got away with it. But nonetheless, this is an engrossing film, one of those that become more involving the further it progresses. The film recounts all the hours of phone tapping, bugging the operators and clientele of this racket, with pretty much the same hopeless result as what happened in Traffic. This is one of the best film I've seen in ages, with a story that needs to be told in a film that needs to be seen.
If you're not Swedish, this film is nothing special
'Call Girl', a film about a sex scandal in Sweden in the 1970's, is labeled as a classic political paranoia thriller. It has indeed some elements of this film genre. There is the righteous police investigator who has to fight against corrupt powers. There are also mysterious exchanges in dark and rainy streets between men in raincoats. There is an undercover photographer who captures suspect encounters from a parked car.

But that is only one part of the story. 'Call Girl' is as much a coming-of-age film as a political thriller. The first half of the film focuses almost entirely on 14-year old Iris, an adventurous girl who ventures into Stockholm's night life and slowly gets involved in a prostitution network servicing high-powered politicians.

The movie is clearly meant as a critique of Sweden's ultra-liberal culture in the seventies. The politicians publicly defend equal rights for women and men, but at the same time use underage girls as disposable sex toys. On the other hand, Iris and her cousin Sonja seem to enjoy the excitement, the glamour and the proceeds of their secret life as call girls. They are not shown as helpless victims but as naive girls who only discover that they have made a mistake when it is too late.

'Call girl' is very good in capturing the mood of the seventies. A great job has been done by Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who created the same atmosphere for 'Tinker, Taylor, Soldier Spy'. But the film fails in creating the right amount of suspense. In the first half, the emphasis is too much on Iris's introduction into the call girl network. This part is too slow and too long. We see the same things over and over again: the girls visiting clients in posh hotels, the girls being 'brainwashed' by the network leader, the girls snoring cocaine, the girls parading around in see-through blouses, etcetera. The thriller element is more prominent in the second half of the movie, but even then the film never surprises in a positive way.

The most spoken-about aspect of the film is the Olof Palme link. The son of former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme has started a lawsuit because he thinks the film suggests that Palme had sex with underage girls. In fact, the name Palme is never mentioned. But apparently, in Sweden there has been a police report about Palme's involvement in the network, which has subsequently been covered up until the 1990's. Because of this historical link, the film is probably a big deal for the Swedes. But for the rest of the world, it is nothing special.
"Cinematic, atmospheric and noteworthy..."
Swedish television and film director Mikael Marcimain's feature film debut which was written by Swedish screenwriter Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten, is inspired by real events which took place in Sweden during the late 1970s. It premiered in the Discovery section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was screened In competition at the 23rd Stockholm International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-Norway-Ireland-Finland co-production which was produced by Swedish producer Mimmi Spång. It tells the story about a 14-year-old girl named Iris Dahl who after a meeting with a woman from the Social Welfare Board where she is accompanied by her mother regarding her no longer being wanted at her school, is sent to live at a juvenile home called Alsunda where she is introduced to a caring social worker named Mona and reunited with a former friend named Sonja. A police officer named John Sandberg who lives with his wife and their daughter named Greta in Stockholm, Sweden. A press officer at the Swedish Parliament named Aspen and a middle-aged mother named Dagmar Glans who assists men by functioning as a service provider who connects them with women and girls and ultimately profits from it.

Distinctly and acutely directed by Nordic filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a nuanced and heartrending portrayal of a minor who after being invited to an arranged party by some of the girls at Alsunda and becoming known to a person who regards herself as the mother of all women whom she recognizes herself in, is manipulated and exploited by an adult who throws her right into the hands of the wolves and pays her to keep her lips sealed. While notable for it's distinct, various and naturalistic milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, production design by production designer Lina Nordqvist, fine costume design by Swedish costume designer Cilla Rörby and use of sound, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about sexual crimes against children, equality for women on the labour market and scandalous revelations concerning renowned Swedish politicians and other citizens on the higher steps of the hierarchical ladder which reached public awareness almost four decades ago and how the pillars of the nation addressed their people in that situation, depicts a dense and humane study of character and contains a great score by Swedish composer Mattias Bärjed.

This historic, at times humorous, modestly romantic and sociological coming-of-age period drama which is set in Stockholm, Sweden mostly before the upcoming general election in 1975-1976 and where an adolescent girl is lured into an adult world of sex, drugs and money, a brothel madam unscrupulously guides a defenseless girl into the loss of her innocence, a policeman is assigned on a one man's job to tail the manager of a prostitution business and a senior adviser is trying to cover up for government officials, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, efficient continuity, editing and instrumental tones, multiple studies of character, interrelated stories, the filmmakers' choice of emphasizing Iris' viewpoint, the authentic depiction of its illicit central milieu, the involving and commendable acting performance by Swedish actress Sofia Karemyr in her debut feature film role, the versatile acting performance by Swedish screenwriter, actress and director Pernilla August and the fine acting performance by Swedish actor Simon J. Berger. A cinematic, atmospheric and noteworthy political thriller which gained, among numerous other awards, the FIPRESCI Prize - Discovery at the 37th Toronto Film Festival in 2012.
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