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Sweden, Denmark · 2018
Rated R · 1h 50m
Director Ali Abbasi
Starring Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
Genre Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Drama

When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

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Variety by Alissa Simon

An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.


Screen International by Allan Hunter

One of the things that truly impresses about Border is the way Abbasi successfully juggles so many disparate plot elements and then brings them together like a well tuned orchestra.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Border is a piece of modern gothic, a far out midnight movie which delivers on the WTF-ery while maintaining a surprisingly big and generous heart.


The Playlist by Jordan Ruimy

Unique, unforgettable and cathartic, Border is an oddball, but poignant cult classic in the making. Abbasi’s sincerity wisely avoids caricature and mocking his marginalized characters and in doing so he crafts a surprisingly humanist and artful story of love for the diminished and dismissed outsiders of the world.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes Border. A thematically rich and deeply strange blend of romantic drama, magical-realist fantasy, and crime thriller, Sweden’s official entry to this year’s Academy Awards splits the difference between the highbrow cringe comedy of "Toni Erdmann" and the lowbrow cop fantasy "Bright."


The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

As a timely yarn about the mistreatment of minorities, both in Sweden and worldwide, Border is rich in allegorical layers. But as a thriller at least partially rooted in supernatural genre conventions, its relentlessly dour Nordic glumness drags a little. Social realism and magical realism make uneasy bedfellows.


Uproxx by Vince Mancini

It’s not quite horror, crime, or comedy — it really just is “fantastic,” in every sense of the word.

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