The Reunion – Film Review

The Reunion - Film Review


Swedish artist Anna Odell looks back at her troubled school days in this stylish, complicated and discomfiting film

It’s hard to know what to make of Anna Odell’s stylish, complicated and discomfiting second film. In it, the Swedish artist – who faked a suicide attempt for her first film Okänd, kvinna 2009-349701 – writes, directs and stars as a version of herself who, having not been invited to a school reunion, makes a film about what could have happened if she had. Odell uses it not just to examine her experiences of bullying and abuse, but to help her find out how her former classmates felt at the time, and whether they’re prepared to confront past actions. The film is hard on everyone – Odell included – while a soundtrack containing just two songs (from Laurie Anderson and Sister) underlines her unwillingness to compromise.