If you’re lucky to have been raised in a loving and caring family, then you know what it’s like. Being loved and adored by your parents, them being there to advise you whenever you need it and them accouraging you to achieve your dreams. Sadly, not everyone is that lucky and Kasper is one of them. While his life looks great from the outside, behind closed doors, something entirely different is going on. What? Well, writer/director Anders Walter (“I Kill Giants”, “Katusha”) shows you that in an impressive, fast-paced and emotional movie.
Kasper (Sylvester Byder) seems like the usual teenage boy. Attending school (but maybe not paying as much attention as he should), having a wonderful relationship with his girlfriend Veronika (Clara Rosager) and loving race-cars. He seems to have it all: bright future, girlfriend and a big passion. However, nothing could be further from the truth. During random moments, his thoughts drift off to the past, and it’s not to reminisce about old days. Sadly, he relives some terrible moments that happened during his early family life and which involves his abusive father Michael (Jacob Lohmann). How far that abuse went and what massive impact it has on Kasper’s relationship and future, is something you need to discover for yourself.
While this Danish movie was only released at the end of last year, “Turned” probably will soon tour the world. This is because of the massive creative team behind the movie. Walter won already an Academy Award (“Helium”), that he shared with Kim Magnusson, co-producer of this movie, and multiple awards during film festivals like Odense International Film Festival (for “Helium” and “9 meter”) and São Paulo International Short Film Festival (“9 meter” and “Helium”). With so much creativity, knowhow and award-winning talent, it’s no surprise that this movie is one you should see.
There’s not only massive talent behind the camera but also in front as the leading characters are remarkably portrayed by the incredibly talented actors. After appearing in many series (“1864”, “Deliver Us”) and different movies (“Into the Darkness”, “Erna I Krig”) Byder is now taking his acting to an even higher level. He brings both the troublesome as well as the more loving and happy feelings great to the screen. His stunning acting performance is heightened even more during the scenes between him and Rosager (“Misbehaviour”, “Journal 64”). While Rosager’s character is not as multilayered as Byder’s, Rosager still puts every emotion out there and does that in a beautiful and touching way. Last but certainly not least, there’s also Lohmann (“Shorta”, “Valhalla”) who portrays the abusive, terrifying and dreadful father in a very captivating way.
This movie might not have the film industry’s biggest names, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t watch this movie. No, if there’s one thing you need to do, it’s catching “Turned” as soon as you can. It’s an incredibly eye-opening, socially important, emotional and beautifully portrayed film highlighting both essential topics and unknown but great talent.
Liselotte Vanophem, Just Celebrity Magazine Celebrity and Movie Reporter