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|Original title:||Her er Harold|
|Production country:||Norwegen/Schweden 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 88 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Harold (Bjørn Sundquist) worked together with his wife Marny in his small furniture store for more than forty years. Quality has always been his top priority, even if it has meant that he has never really got rich. But at least it was enough for a contemplative life. But now all of a sudden it's over. Because right next door, IKEA opens the largest branch in the region, robbing Harold of his last customers. Why spend money on quality when you can get Billy shelves for a ridiculous price? Harold loses his business and even his house. When his beloved wife dies, there is only one last meaning in his life: Revenge! With a gun, he sets off in his old rattling box to kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (Björn Granath) - but then the events take a surprising turn…
"Kill Billy" is a mixture of black comedy and Nordic dreariness that comes up with a very original initial idea. The fact that a small, independent furniture manufacturer is rebelling against the giant IKEA, which has destroyed its entire existence, already holds a lot of potential in itself. The twist that takes the whole thing after the kidnapping of Ingvar Kamprad, however, is the real stroke of genius in the story, because you simply wouldn't have expected it. From this point on, the movie could have turned into a rapid firework of bizarre jokes with a macabre climax, which you actually expect from the beginning. But also here the staging eludes the expectations of the audience and goes in a slightly different direction.
Without wanting to reveal too much it can be said that the story of "Kill Billy" is told in a very reserved way. The humor is rather laconic, the more obvious jokes are still relatively subtle and the actors' play is extremely restrained. In connection with the atmospheric visual language a very special atmosphere unfolds, in which amusing as well as emotional, serious moments never seem out of place. Sure, you have to be able to get at the pace. And who expects a Tarantino-esque revenge story with a lot of blood and biting humor due to the really bad sounding initial situation, will probably be disappointed.
Who on the other hand appreciates nordic arthouse comedies, which are not built according to the usual construction plans, can be absolutely recommended this entertaining side blow to big companies like IKEA. Again a good example that even small movies can be great fun and therefore there is a deserved one: Worth seeing!
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