Play (2011)

Writer and director Ruben Ostlund explores issues of race and class in contemporary Sweden in this drama inspired by a true story. Anas Abdirahman, Yannick Diakite, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Nana Manu and Kevin Vaz play a group of boys between the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
AV Club

Wouldn't it be more effective if there was some range to the way the characters behaved, beyond just conforming to the roles of antagonist and antagonized?

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

What a weird film.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The truth-based story moves at a slow, nerve-paring speed: that is its genius.

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Eddie Harrison
The List

Play isn't much fun, but it does skewer the way in which modern selfishness creates social division.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

We get what we're given in each frame, and are constantly made to guess what might be happening off-screen, why, and to whom.

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Siobhan Synnot

It's audacious, unsettling and perceptive, even if ultimately it poses more questions than it answers.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

There's something uneasy about the knife-edge Ístlund is working on, and his film is overlong and inadequately focused.

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Henry Barnes

The message is laid on slow and thick, but it's no less powerful for it.

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

An unsettling film that uses long takes and a still camera to capture real-life incidents that have caused huge controversy in Sweden.

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Based on a series of real life incidents in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ostlund's film tells the story of how a group of young black kids were allowed to… More