Holiday (2018 film)

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Holiday
Holiday 2018 poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byIsabella Eklöf
Written byIsabella Eklöf
StarringVictoria Carmen Sonne
Music byMartin Dirkov
CinematographyNadim Carlsen
Edited byOlivia Neergaard-Holm
Release date
  • 21 January 2018 (2018-01-21) (Sundance)
  • 11 October 2018 (2018-10-11) (Denmark)
CountryDenmark
Netherlands
Sweden
LanguageDanish
Box office$2,671[1]

Holiday is a 2018 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Isabella Eklöf. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[2] The film won four Bodil Awards, including Best Danish Film.

Plot[edit]

Michael is a drug dealer who takes his friends, including younger girlfriend Sascha, on a vacation to Bodrum in the Turkish Riviera. There, they engage in activities such as sunbathing and enjoying the water park. While visiting an ice cream shop, Sascha meets two Dutch men, Frederik and Thomas, and speaks with them informally. Sascha and her friends go to a restaurant for dinner and she spots the Dutch men again and speaks to them. She meets Thomas one night and shares drugs with him. When one of his men, Musse, shows up at the house, Michael viciously beats him, fearing the police could have followed Musse to him. Still raging he rapes Sascha, an attack which is witnessed by an unknown party in the house, who does nothing to intervene. Michael realizes the drug deals have been a success, and handsomely rewards Musse.

Alone, Sascha visits the nearby harbour where she spots the Dutch flag on one of the boats and realizes it must be Thomas'. She joins the two Dutch men on the boat for drinks when Michael happens upon them. Jealous, Michael introduces himself as Sascha's employer and boards the boat to join the small party. Thomas speaks about how he left his house for the boat and how it helped his "soul"; Michael is skeptical about this story and suggests Thomas is looking for sex. When Michael and Sascha walk home, Michael interrogates her about how she knows Thomas and how many times they have met. At the house, Michael finds Thomas on Sascha's phone contact list and calls him, inviting him for steaks on the pretense that Michael wants to consult Thomas about buying a boat. The three have dinner and go into the house, where Michael questions Thomas further on his sexual interest in Sascha. When Thomas indicates he has none, Michael tells him that is best and orders him out of the house, under threat of harm.

Sascha visits Thomas' boat once again, with bruises around her neck. Thomas realizes Michael is abusive, but accidentally falls over into his boat. Annoyed, he tells her she and her friends will all be dead or in prison in a few years and he will not be taking her away on his boat. During Thomas' rant, Sascha snaps, picks up a glass jug and hits Thomas over the head with it, killing him. She then throws the jug into the sea. She stops by the Turkish police station, but feels unable to communicate with them and leaves. The next day, at the entrance to the pontoon where the boat is moored, Sacha is located. Meanwhile, in the background, two of Michael's men are removing items from Michael's boat in black bags. Sascha intercepts Thomas' friend and lies about being stood up by Thomas, saying she has been waiting for him for two hours. They walk off together. In the final scene Sascha is seemingly happy on a luxury boat with Michael and friends, as if nothing has happened.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 80% based on reviews from 35 critics.[3]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Bodil Awards 2 March 2019 Best Danish Film Won [4]
Best Actress Victoria Carmen Sonne Won
Best Supporting Actor Lai Yde Holgaard Won
Best Cinematographer Nadim Carlsen Won
Fantastic Fest September 2018 New Wave Best Picture Isabella Eklöf Won [5]
New Wave Best Director Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holiday (2018) - Financial Information". The Numbers (website).
  2. ^ "Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup". Variety. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Holiday (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ Wind-Friis, Lea (2 March 2019). "Voldtægtsfilm af debutant blev den store vinder til Bodil-festen". Politiken (in Danish). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ "FANTASTIC FEST 2018 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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