Swedish filmmaker Lisa Langseth reunites with her Pure and Hotell star Alicia Vikander, along with Eva Green, in this story of two estranged sisters attempting a difficult and ominous reconciliation, with supporting performances from Charlotte Rampling and Charles Dance.
Euphoria marks the sparkling English-language debut of Sweden's Lisa Langseth. It is notable for being the award-winning writer-director's third collaboration with star Alicia Vikander (who made her feature film debut in Langseth's first feature, Pure, in 2009). And, it is the first film produced by Vikander's own production company, a sign of this fine actor's desire to support intelligent passion projects. Euphoria is bound to attract viewers to Langseth's brilliant work.
Most of this lusciously shot film takes place in a sun-dappled country mansion. It's an intimate setting that belies the broader implications of a powerful, unusual, topical, and surely prophetic story. At its centre: two very different sisters, somewhat estranged, who, over a few short days, are forced together to sift through seismic changes in their lives. Ines (Vikander) is the extrovert, a photographer who lives in New York; Emilie (Eva Green), the introvert, has asked her sister to join her on a mystery trip. As the two drive into the wooded European countryside and reach their destination, it gradually dawns on Ines why she has been asked to accompany her sister. Horrified at first, she fights to understand her sister's intentions as the two women confront their unsettled past and, more importantly, their future.
Full of surprises while functioning — from within the confines of its story world — as a kind of peephole into the near future for the world at large, Euphoria is a finely honed meditation on life and mortality.