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Johan Brisinger is making a divorce comedy about love and a new life


- The Swedish director is shooting his new film, I Love You – A Divorce Comedy, in Stockholm with Swedish actors Christine Meltzer and Björn Kjellman in the leads

Johan Brisinger is making a divorce comedy about love and a new life
Actress Christine Meltzer

Five years after his latest feature, Among Us [+see also:
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(2010), Swedish director Johan Brisinger has started a two-month shoot for I Love You – A Divorce Comedy [+see also:
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on location in the district of Östermalm in Stockholm, for StellaNova and Sweden’s Nordisk Film, which has set the premiere for winter 2016. 

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Scripted by Brisinger, together with Mikael Södersten and Martina Haag, the film is about a 44-year-old woman, Marianne, who has been living in a conventional, no-sex marriage with her lawyer husband Gustaf for far too long. She decides to divorce, separate, or at least have a trial separation. 

Gustaf (Björn Kjellman) doesn’t understand a thing about this; while Marianne throws herself into the single life, he is completely unsympathetic towards the change, and in his confusion he makes a strange career decision: he resigns himself to writing poetry. Tensions rise between parents, children and friends as Marianne (Christine Meltzer) – after a failed attempt with a young man – ends up with Rodolfo, a thrilling, impulsive (and horny) artist, while Gustaf strikes up a seemingly impossible relationship with a bike messenger.

StellaNova producer Lena Rehnberg, whose 2013 production of Per Fly’s Waltz for Monica [+see also:
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interview: Per Fly
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 (the biopic of Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund) won four Guldbagges, Sweden’s national film prize, is staging the project, also with Swedish regional film centres Stockholm-Mälerdalen and Film i Väst, and commercial broadcaster TV4. The cast also includes Sven-Bertil Taube and Nour El-Refai.


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