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King of Ping-Pong
dir. Jens Jonsson / Sweden 2008 / 112’
subtitles: Polish and English
Cinema of Sweden


Jerry Johansson, Hampus Johansson, Ann-Sofie Nurmi, Georgi Staykov

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Those who keep saying that youth is the most beautiful period in a man's life should watch the King of Ping Pong. The title character, 16-year-old Rille, does not have many reasons to be satisfied: his family is broken, he lives in a country where it is snowing all the time and what is more, he probably weighs 200 kg, which makes him a victim of his peers' malicious jokes. This character is typical of the Scandinavian cinema which loves to dive into the depths of life's dramas and crooked personalities. Jens Jonsson's tragicomedy can be sad and bitter, but it offers some very dark black humour to the audience just a moment later. The director consistently avoids easy solutions, so it is very hard for the spectators to become fond of his unlikeable characters. In a match for his own identity the clumsy Rille returns tricky balls from fate with great difficulties. But as long as he and his family are not out of the court, he can still win. For now, the referees have started a break to let the player gather strength for future games against the world.

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