TIFF 2018 Review: PHOENIX (FONIKS) (Norway/Sweden 2018) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2018. Go to TIFF 2018 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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From a young age, Jill has acted as the responsible adult in her small family. She cares for her loving but mentally unstable mother and her younger brother. The news that their estranged …See full summary »

The title of the film comes from the fact that the creature, the PHOENIX can rise from the ashes and rise to great heights as the protagonist, a young girl struggles to keep her family together in the aftermath of a tragedy, that forces her to grow up far too quickly. 

 Jill has to love and put up with her emotionally challenged mother Astrid (Maria Bonnevie).  She also has to look after her younger brother.  Her birthday is approaching the coming Saturday which prompts a visit from her father, Nils (the irresistibly good-looking Sverrir Gudnason) who has left the family.  There is not much else story-wise but director Camilla Strøm Henriksen emerges the audience right into the story, feeling for Jill as well as what might happen to her fragile family. 

 A remarkable emotional first film told from a youth’s point of view.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=jk0bA3sf8-Q

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