Abbasi, Sweden, 2019
I’d heard it was weird, this film – hermaphrodite trolls. And it is strange, but in a gentle, loving and kind way. Our heroine doesn’t know she’s a troll. She’s been raised human, so just thinks she’s an ugly freak until she comes across another troll who shows her otherwise.
The director uses lots of close ups, particularly of insects and other life in the woods, and you can feel the sensual pleasure of walking barefoot on squishy moss and swimming in the lake pounded by the rain.
Really it’s a film about being an outsider, about self-identity, and about gender too (they are both and neither). Done with a very tender touch. In the end she is a troll with humanity.
And apart from about two words, I totally understood the Spanish subtitles!