Film Review: The Burden (2017)

Also known as: Min börda (original Swedish title)
Release Date: January 27th, 2017 (Göteborg Film Festival)
Directed by: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Written by: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Music by: Hans Appelqvist
Cast: Sven Björklund, Carl Englén, Mattias Fransson, Olof Wretling

Film i Väst, 15 Minutes


I discovered a few of these short films by Niki Lindroth von Bahr on FilmStruck, which is a fantastic streaming service if you love classic film and want to watch every Criterion Collection release known to man. Okay, they don’t have all the Criterion stuff but they have a massive library and are the only service streaming them.

The Burden is a short musical comedy. The songs and dialogue are in Swedish, which makes it an even cooler experience. It is subtitled, so you don’t have to worry about that.

It’s fifteen minutes long but it flew by like it was five. It is sweet and heartwarming even if the subject matter seemed a bit sad and apocalyptic. It’s a film that sort of taps into certain insecurities but knows how to cope with it and leaves you with some hope.

The animation is nothing short of amazing and the style is beautiful.

It’s hard to really describe the film and it certainly won’t resonate with a lot of people but it actually made me laugh out loud a few times. It’s fresh, original and the songs are charming.

This is definitely the best short film I have seen from 2017.

Plus, the song is stuck in my head but not in a terrible way, in a fantastic and appreciative way.

Rating: 10/10
Pairs well with: Niki Lindroth von Bahr Tord and Tord.

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