The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class family, with a house in a suburb, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and anxiety between Rune and Gunnel will disappear. However, instead of spending time with his family, Rune finds himself attracted to a young man, Petrus. Whatever happens next, Rune realizes, it will be like it never was before.
Well-directed and with marvelous acting, this is a film that may initially seem to be your average comedy only touching on the surface, but that eventually becomes a profound questioning of the values of the “normal life”. Loa Falkman is great as Runeberg, a man whose life is slowly coming apart, although he tries to keep up the appearance in front of his family. As he is tempted by the forbidden (having an affair with a young man), he has to come to terms with what he really wants with his life. Ultimately this film asks the question: Am I really happy with myself just because everything seems fine?
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Jonas Gardell
Stars: Loa Falkman, Stina Ekblad, Simon Norrthon
Country: Sweden | Denmark
Release Date: 3 March 1995 (Sweden)
Also Known As: Like It Never Was Before
Filming Locations: Burgsvik, Gotlands län, Sweden
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 1.41 GiB
Duration : 1 h 38 min
Overall bit rate : 2 047 kb/s