Marianne (Sweden, 100 min)
Directed by: Filip Tegstedt
Peter Stormare, Sandra Larsson, Thomas Hedengran, Tintin Anderzon
Marianne is a psychological horror drama about a broken family in a small isolated town in the Swedish northlands. Among the pine woods, the lakes, the snowy mountains and the midnight summer sun, the story takes place on the fuzzy border where fantasy and reality meet.
45 year old Krister's wife Eva has just passed away in a car accident, leaving him alone with the 18 year old daughter Sandra who hates him, and a 6 months old daughter who he doesn't really know how to take care of.
At night he's plagued with nightmares about what happened the night Eva died, and guilt for the pain he's caused Sandra over the years as an absent father. While asleep he is visited by a woman dressed in green, looking for revenge.
Sandra's boyfriend, who's interested in old Swedish folklore, soon realizes Krister is haunted by a Mare – a female creature of the night or a woman possessed. He tries to guide Krister by helping him get rid of her, while Krister tries to regain his family and reestablish order in his life. But having a bad reputation in a small town makes it hard to regain the trust of someone you've let down so many times before.
Krister finds himself in a jungle of guilt and anxiety, superstition and nightmares, mental and physical illness, and has to find the best way out.
Is the Mare real, or only in his mind?
Review by Nicole Kristel
Marianne is a Swedish psychological thriller featuring Peter Stormare, Sandra Larsson, Thomas Hedengran, and Tintin Anderzon. In the aftermath of tragedy a family struggles to overcome old issues and is confronted with the effects of psychological trauma.
After his wife dies in a car crash, Krister is left a single parent to a teenage girl that hates him and a newborn that he does not know how to take care of. His history as an unfaithful husband and absentee father make the reality of living life without his wife that much harsher. Having confronted his previous sins, Krister tries to put his family back together. Any attempts at regaining some kind of order in his life are thwarted by his oldest daughter’s resentment, the realities of living with a newborn, and Kristers disintegrating mental health.
The guilt over his wife’s death and his past indiscretions plague Krister and each night he faces a reoccurring nightmare in which he is haunted by a vengeful spirit. He awakes paralyzed, disoriented and paranoid. As a result the line between reality and insanity becomes increasingly blurred. After being introduced to Swedish folklore, Krister believes he is being haunted by a Mare; a female creature of the night. Krister’s sanity deteriorates further as he loses himself in a vortex of superstition, guilt and fear.
With Marianne as his debut, Filip Tegstedt successful brings back what we love about horror films; real fear and emotional connection to the characters.