VIFF 2019: Ridge

Sweden

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      Neither a narrative feature nor a straight-ahead doc, this unusual, and unusually mesmerizing, Swedish effort—only 70 minutes long—follows a number of locals, immigrants, and transient foreign workers (mostly Polish) as they band together or pull apart in a rural farm community far from, but still affected by, changes in the world.

      The original title translates as Season, and the light here is even more transitional; director John Skoog’s camera is aimed at eye-deceiving effects of twilight and early morning, and his confident mix of actors with nonpros keeps you guessing at story arcs that happen more in your head than on-screen.

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