19th Titanic Filmfestival

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“Not advisable for domestic use”

Jörgen Bergmark, the director of A Rational Solution Swedish tragic comedy had a conversation with the audience on Saturday evening after the screening in Uránia.


A Rational Solution is based on the story of Erland’s and Karin’s passion for each other. Since they are both married, they decide not to hide it from their spouses but rather ask their help in controlling and handling reasonably their unrestrainable emotions. This leads to a situation that implies the four people settle under the same roof provoking quite a painful period for the other two cheated.

Bergmark, for whom it is the first feature film, told the viewers that the starting point of the movie was the church marriage counselling held by Erland and his wife for the inhabitants of the Swedish industrial town. At the very beginning he intended to make the story into a tragedy, although it has ended up containing humorous and ironic moments too. “The film’s irony is about that love is the best thing in the world and yet it can destroy your life” – he said. According to the director the point of the drama is always that people cannot get what they want just as the main character Erland who loves his wife, Maj at the same time as he pursues the kind of life that Karin could provide him.

Bergmark added that it is not unimaginable that in a few years’ time the traditional concepts of “single” and “engaged” will also give place to other, new relation structures acknowledged, however, he wouldn’t recommend to anyone to try this communal lifestyle described in the film.  To the audience’s question what he would advise to those suffering from a relationship crisis Bergmark simply responded that he’s not an expert himself, having just got divorced. However, in a long-term relationship one definitely invests more emotionally and it is a pity that the divorce statistics don’t account for the number of the good years spent together.

The movie is in the Titanic competition section and will be again screened at 18.30 at KINO!


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