Johan Brisinger is making a divorce comedy about love and a new life
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- 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
Five years after his latest feature, Among Us [+see also:
film profile] (2010), Swedish director Johan Brisinger has started a two-month shoot for I Love You – A Divorce Comedy on location in the district of Östermalm in Stockholm, for StellaNova and Sweden’s Nordisk Film, which has set the premiere for winter 2016.
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:
interview: Edda Magnason
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film profile] (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.