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Beyond is a 2010 Swedish drama film directed by Pernilla August, starring Noomi Rapace, Ola Rapace, Tehilla Blad, Outi Mäenpää and Ville Virtanen. The original Swedish title is Svinalängorna, which means "The swine rows" and refers to the housing project where parts of the story are set. The film is based on the novel with the same name by Susanna Alakoski. It was shown at the 67th Venice International Film Festival on 6 September 2010 and got the International Critic's Week Award.[1][2]

Svinalangorna poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPernilla August
Produced byHelena Danielsson
Ralf Karlsson
Screenplay byPernilla August
Lolita Ray
Story bySusanna Alakoski
StarringNoomi Rapace
Ola Rapace
Tehilla Blad
Outi Mäenpää
Ville Virtanen
Music byMagnus Jarlbo
Sebastian Öberg
CinematographyErik Molberg Hansen
Edited byÅsa Mossberg
Drakfilm Produktion
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release date
Running time
92 minutes

The Swedish Film Institute submitted Beyond for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nomination,[3][4] but it did not make the final shortlist.[5]



On Saint Lucia's day, the happy life of a young Swedish family is disturbed by an unexpected phone call. Leena learns that her mother, with whom she's been broken for years, is dying and wants to say goodbye. Johan understands only up to a certain point the disturbance of his wife and, despite the many resistances, convinces her to leave with the two little girls to reach their unknown grandmother, hospitalized at 600 km away.

The return to Ystad awakens in Leena memories of a childhood full of pain. The parents, immigrants from Finland, were a poor but also close-knit couple until the alcohol had taken over, weighing not so much on little Leena, already very strong and mature despite her young age, as on her little brother Sakari.

Sakari, as revealed only in the last dramatic dialogue between Leena and his mother, was taken from the family by the social services and entrusted to an orphanage. He died years later, forgotten, of an overdose. Leena has always borne remorse with her for not having done enough for her brother, but above all does not forgive her parents for having lost a child like that, almost uninterested in it.

Returning from the hospital, still upset, the woman first inexplicably yells at her daughters, then lashes out at her husband in an irrational impetus that is very similar to the many scenes of violence experienced by a spectator when she was a child. Known as the mother's death, she melts into a liberating cry, returns to herself and embraces her patient and understanding husband and her beloved daughters.

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  1. ^ Björling, Sanna (22 July 2010). "Svinalängorna till Venedig". Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  2. ^ "SIC - International Critics' Week". Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Pernilla August's Beyond to be Sweden's Foreign Language Oscar entry". Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  5. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar". Retrieved 2012-01-19.

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