Screen Time: 95%
Age: 11 years old
Directed: Linus Torell
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
When her mother died, 10 year old girl Misa's world stopped. And when her father, along with her new girlfriend, wants to spend the summer in the Swedish province Skåne she refuses to come with them. Misa's father reluctantly agrees that Misa stays with her grandmother in Arjeplog over the summer instead. In the deep forest of northern Sweden Misa find more than she ever could imagine; she meets a wolf with cubs that Misa develop a deep and strange connection with. But the wolf spreads fear in the small village and someone has hired a poacher to kill it and her cubs...
By: Simone Egipciaco
1. What made the story worth watching (acting, cinematography, sound design, script/story)?
The child actress's emotional actions were very convincing, the script and storyline associated with her role were very heartfelt and real. For this role she was truly the right actress. A mix of delicate close-up's and beautiful landscape shots made the film's cinematography flow very smoothly, it was definitely visually intriguing. The scenery and landscapes were very appropriate for the story and was also very beautiful. One thing that stood out to make it worth watching was the pacing; the timing for most events seemed very well placed. Throughout the film there were many messages and a few sub-plots but they're shown and represented in a way that is easy to take in and doesn't confuse the viewer.
2. How did the use of lighting and music affect the mood of the film?
With the use of darker lighting and classical music, right at the beginning you could tell the mood of the film in that it was subtle and calm. It used very neutral colors, nothing too bright, which combined with the cinematography made it easy on the eyes, nothing to flashy or extravagant. Scenes that were awkward or a turning point in the story for the young girl were lightened a bit with pop music, which is another example of a notable technique that was used to soften the more emotional parts of the film.
3. What made this film particularly original, meaningful, memorable or thought provoking to you?
The correlation between the relationship of the daughter and her mother and then the daughter acting as a mother to the young cubs was very intriguing and thought provoking. Both Misa and the cubs found comfort in each other from having gone through the loss of a mother. One of the sub-plots was that of Misa not only finding closure in her mother's death but that of her journey with the cubs in which the film brings up thoughts of spiritual struggle, faith and hope. One original and/or meaningful part of the film was when Misa made the move from the city to the country, in a way it added to her struggles. The scene in which Misa and the mother wolf meet eyes and silently exchange emotions and communicate their purpose to the audience was very original and memorable. Another original aspect to the film was in the character of Misa, which wasn't the typical portrayal of a ten year old in most films. There was innocence in her character but still much independence and maturity, done however in a very real way.
4. What is the most important thing you can say to recommend it to other young people?
Even if they have not dealt with the loss of a family member or close relative, the child actress's actions and emotions are so convincing that most every member of the audience will be able to connect with the film in one aspect or another. If they're looking for a story rich in emotion, thought and drama then this is the perfect film.