As much as people today enjoy looking back at the 1970’s with sighs of nostalgia, the liberation of women and the progressive politics of Sweden often associated with that time do not represent the complete story. Director Mikael Marcimain aims to address this by presenting a view of the darker world, behind the curtains of everyday society.

Inspired by the real events of what have since been called the “The Brothel Scandal” in the late 1970’s, »Call Girl« depicts the exposure of a prostitution scandal in Sweden as seen through the eyes of a young girl named Iris, who is recruited from a juvenile home and successively works her way upwards through the prostitution business, all the way to the top politicians. As the politicians’ facade starts to crumble and fall, desperate measures are required to maintain status quo. Soon enough the prostitution scandal becomes more of a fact than a fear, and threatens to severely tarnish people’s confidence in those in charge of the country.

With a great social consciousness, director Mikael Marcimain creates a tension driven thriller of a dark Swedish political scandal, set in a perfect replica of the 1970’s.

SIMON ELIASSON

Call Girl poster
Title
Call Girl
Director
Mikael Marcimain
Country
Sweden/Ireland/Norway/Finland
Length
140 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Swedish
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
European Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Ruth Vega Fernandez, David Dencik, Pernilla August, Sofia Karemyr, Simon J Berger
Producer
Mimmi Spång
Script
Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten
Music
Mattias Bärjed

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