Badhuset 1989: A Controversial Swedish Short Film
Badhuset (The Bath House) is a 1989 Swedish short film directed by Marcelo V. Racana and written by Carina Hedenberg, Johan Hedenberg and P.C. Jersild. The film is set in the WWII era and tells the story of a boy who befriends three girls in a small village. One day, he discovers a young couple sneaking into an old and cracked bathing shack and decides to alert his new friends. When the kids join up at the shack, the eldest girl comes up with the idea to lock the couple inside, threatening not to let them out until they "do it" and allow the kids to watch from the outside. And so begins the psychological warfare...
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The film stars David Blom as the boy, Sara Alström, Maria von Bredow and Anna von Bredow as the girls, Johan H:son Kjellgren and Lena Nilsson as the couple, Anne Lindberg as the aunt, Jan Abramson as the man, Thomas Roos as the narrator and Cecilia Drott as the aunt's voice. The film was produced by Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI) and released on October 17, 1989 in Sweden.
The film has been described as a "disturbing" and "provocative" exploration of childhood curiosity, sexuality and power dynamics. The film has also been criticized for its depiction of nudity, violence and voyeurism among children. The film has been banned in some countries and has sparked controversy and debate among viewers and critics.
The film has been compared to other controversial films that deal with similar themes, such as Lord of the Flies (1963), The Tin Drum (1979), Maladolescenza (1977) and Kids (1995). The film has also been influenced by the works of P.C. Jersild, a Swedish author who is known for his dark and realistic novels about children and society.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Some have praised the film for its artistic merit, originality and realism, while others have condemned the film for its exploitation, sensationalism and immorality. The film has a rating of 6.3 out of 10 on IMDb, based on 112 user ratings.
The film is available to watch online on various platforms, such as YouTube, Dailymotion and VK. However, some of these platforms may have censored or edited versions of the film. The film is also available on DVD with English subtitles.
Badhuset is a film that challenges the viewer's perception of innocence, morality and reality. It is a film that raises questions about human nature, sexuality and society. It is a film that can be seen as either a masterpiece or a monstrosity.