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Easy Money

easymoneyThis filmization of Jens Lapidus’s hard-boiled crime novel follows three characters – a runaway convict (Matias Padin Varela), an underworld thug (Dragomir Mrsic) and a kid (Joel Kinnaman) from out-of-town who’ll do anything to become a part of Stockholm’s hard-partying young elite. Their paths cross as they become involved in a big heist. The filmmakers made a few independent choices in their adaptation, not all of them good. Still, a tough and exciting yarn as Daniel Espinosa takes us close to these people and highlights contrasts between the life they want and the one they’re trying to escape. Anchored by very good performances.

2010-Sweden. 124 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Fredrik Wikström. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Screenplay: Maria Karlsson. Novel: Jens Lapidus. Cast: Joel Kinnaman (Johan “JW” Westlund), Matias Padin Varela (Jorge Salinas Barrio), Dragomir Mrsic (Mrado Slovovic), Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci, Jones Danko… Fares Fares. 

Trivia: Original title: Snabba cash. Followed by two sequels, starting with Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2012); rebooted as a TV series, Snabba Cash (2021- ). 

Last word: “We are living in a truly international world [and] we have to portray that [in the film], with those conflicts. I think that’s where modern cinema is interesting right now. When I work with Serbs, I don’t have an interpreter; it’s interesting to lose control as a director. So you talk with the actors, you tell them what they should say – I don’t want them to make a [direct] translation, I just want them to say it in the way that would feel natural, because every language has its own rhythm. And then after the shot, I ask them, ‘What did you say?’ And they tell me, and that’s where you get surprises: ‘Oh, I didn’t know he was talking about his father this time!’ But that’s cool because they’re trying to invest something.” (Espinosa, Now Toronto)



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