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A Midsummer of Love (2009)

“A Midsummer of Love” (2009) on IMDb
Rating: 2.5/5
“A Midsummer of Love” (2009) movie poster

One step above an average Swedish romantic comedy, this evenly paced film works as a passable diversion, but nothing memorable happens during its 97-minute running time. While the humor is rather formulaic, it does generate more than a few smiles and some chuckles here and there. At times, A Midsummer of Love plays like a commercial for the Swedish TV network TV4: the cast includes several well-known personalities associated with that network, with Martin Timell and Markoolio in cameo roles as themselves.

The scene in which Göran, the main character, wakes up in a hospital bed is among the funniest moments in the movie. Göran and Grynet’s karaoke performance is actually quite stirring and arguably the movie’s most energetic scene.

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Dull cinematography that gives the proceedings a cheap, low-quality look. The nice soundtrack helps set and maintain a pleasant, mostly light-hearted tone throughout the movie.

Peter Magnusson (who also wrote the script) and David Hellenius are fairly believable as best friends Göran and Alex, respectively, and Magnusson’s facial expressions in certain scenes are positively laugh-inducing. Mirja Turestedt gives a charming, sympathetic performance as Grynet, and the fact that her character suffers from Tourette’s syndrome is thankfully not played for comic effect, although some people will probably find her tics amusing. Peter Dalle makes the most of his supporting role as the scene-stealing Hans Kjällén.

(Original title: Sommaren med Göran.)