If you’re after a suspenseful, well filmed drama, then look no further. ‘Bury me in the Backyard,’ by Två Ljus Films is that and more. The film is in Swedish and provides the viewer with subtitles in English.
At 25 minutes long, there seems to be plenty of time to get to know the multi-layered characters. The film opens with a young girl sitting in the bath while her mother bangs on the bathroom door. Then we are swiftly taken into the world of a young woman who is awaiting the results of a pregnancy test. She is interrupted by a knock at the door. Her father needs her to go home with him. Back at the family home, we soon realise that her mother is going through something deeply disturbing. I won’t delve any further as I wouldn’t want to spoil the film, but the plot does thicken in many ways.
Linnea is a complex character and Ida Thomasdotter gives a splendid performance. She has a dark side of her own that she needs to face, and she strives for acceptance from her parents. The family are cold and distant. You can relate to her feelings of rejection as the acting seemed so real and the direction was excellent. Eva Fritjofson played Linnea’s mother Gunhild brilliantly, acting her part with realism and sensitivity.
The grey cold setting and the music really suited the tone of the film and brought its themes to life. The logline, ‘Sometimes you need to bury the past before you can have a future,’ sums the film up accurately. What do they need to bury and how will they do it? Will they pull through as a family in tact, or a family further divided? You’ll have to watch and see.
By Carla Kovach