Based on the real story of immigrant kids scamming young children off their cell phones in Göteborg, Sweden, Play aims to discuss immigration, modern welfare society and social structures. It does so in a disturbing, documentary-like manner with long un-cut sequences, great amateur actors and the camera often far away from its characters and situations. It’s surprisingly effective and chilling, and Östlund doesn’t pretend to know the answer or to be a great humanist: this might feel provocative to the thin-skinned, but forces you to question your own beliefs and prejudices in a very efficient way.
Play | Directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, France, Denmark 2011) with Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité. Starts January 24