Beyond Fest 2018 Review – Border

Border, 2018.

Directed by Ali Abbasi.

Starring Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén, Sten Ljunggren, Kjell Wilhelmsen, and Matti Boustedt.


A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation, which will call into question her entire existence.

Border opens with Tina, a Swedish customs officer who possesses an uncanny ability to detect contraband that passengers attempt to smuggle into the country. Early on, we see Tina stop a man transporting a Usb stick of child pornography. When questioned by her superiors, Tina likens her intuitiveness to a sense of smell. Like everything else in Border, Tina feels odd in a way that’s hard to pin down but creeps up and finally takes shape as the film doles out information one splinter at a time. The makeup applied to Tina augments her strangeness, without ever feeling like latex.

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