Inside Out 2014: Something Must Break – Film Review

Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Cast: Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg
Country: Sweden
Runtime: 81 min
Rating: R

In Something Must Break (2104), debut feature filmmaker Ester Martin Bergsmark tells the raw and emotional story of an individual in transition. Sebastian (Saga Becker) spends his time working in a warehouse and dreaming of the day when he will be accepted as his true self, Ellie. When Sebastian is rescued from a beating by mysterious young punk Andreas (Iggy Malmborg), a fast friendship is formed. The possibility of love exists just around the corner, if only the two can accept their feelings and true natures.

Something Must Break is ultimately a depiction of vastly varying emotions, which lead actor Becker accomplishes in rare fashion. Although some of his actions may be questionable, his interactions with his roommate Leah prove that Sebastian is a kind albeit struggling individual, and Becker brings him to life in a quiet and sensitive manner. The narrative arch in the story is slow and dreamy; instead of focusing solely on plot, Bergsmark uses unfocused and wandering shots to depict feelings such as pain and fear, as well as love and longing.

There is beauty amidst the grime in this film, and scenes that could easily end up being typical, such as sexual encounters, are used artistically and purposefully. Something Must Break certainly does not limit its appeal to any particular community, offering a love story full of suffering as well as hope to which many can relate.

Rating: 7 / 10

Screening Time: Saturday May 24, 9:30pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2