Britt-Marie Was Here Reviewed by Maxene London
When Britt-Marie, age 63, leaves her husband after 40 years of marriage, she is forced to reconsider her life and break up with old habits in order to meet the real world. Britt-Marie ends up in the miserable backwater town of Borg, where life seems to be over for the few people that are still around. However, there are bigger dreams in Borg as well and they breathe new life into Britt-Marie’s deeply hidden belief in a future. Perhaps there is a second chance in life –perhaps it’s never too late to start living.
Baking soda solves everything. It’s the motto Britt-Marie has lived by her entire life. Structure, routine, cleanliness. Those are the keys to a perfect life.
Or so she thought.
When Britt-Marie discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair, she moves out and finds herself a job.
Now, I don’t know much about Swedish culture, but why on earth a recruitment agency would send a 63-year-old woman to a tiny town to coach football, living in a run-down youth centre, with no proper accommodation, is beyond me.
Yet, Brit-Marie does what Brit-Marie does best. She cleans. She cleans, and she attempts to coach football to a ‘hopeless’ team of youths.
Britt-Marie helps this group of youths find purpose. And in doing so, she discovers her own.
It’s a lovely film, with the message that it’s not too late to pursue a new future and discover your purpose.
If you don’t mind the subtitles, it’s a good watch.
Releases: 30th July 2020
Rating: M Contains offensive language
Duration: 97 minutes
Starring: Pernilla August, Lancelot Ncube, Vera Vitali
Director: Tuva Novotny (Blind Spot)