Fail, fail, fail, fail, succeed

And Now, For Something Completely Different


Border. Remember that name. 2018, Swedish film, directed by Ali Abbasi. Won best film at Cannes in 2018, and an Academy Award for best makeup in 2019.

Somehow I missed this. I’m not sure if it even had a U.S. theatrical release, or was just another COVID casualty. Saw it last night on Tubi, and was completely unprepared for the experience, in the best possible way.

I’m not going to give up any spoilers, so I’ll choose my words carefully…

I’ve been compulsively watching movies for many decades, so it’s highly unusual for me to come across something I’ve never seen before. My tastes are wide-ranging — I just love the medium — but this one caught me off-guard.

It’s a film that constantly surprises, with an acting performance and story you will never forget. Emotionally moving, it’s an allegory for our times, done with such conviction you never question it for a minute.

This is visual storytelling at its finest. Don’t miss it.