Directed by: Lisa Langseth
Written by: Lisa Langseth
Produced by: Film Väst, Tre Vänner Produktion AB
Other cast: Samuel Fröler, Josephine Bauer
Release date: 22 October 2010 (Sweden)
Running time: 1h 37min
Till det som är vackert (original title): Katarina is 20 years old. With a troubled past in a dreary suburb, her life seems to be already set in stone - until she discovers music. Everything changes when she hears a performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Gothenburg Concert Hall that sends her reeling and opens up a beautiful new world. She feels that she has to change her life and get as far away from her ugly reality as possible. But the path she has to follow proves a treacherous one, filled with lies, betrayal and a dangerous liaison with the married conductor Adam. Yet Katarina is ready to do anything to gain her new identity.
- “Pure” is a Swedish film (with Swedish language). The original title is “Till det som är vackert”, which directly translates to something like “To that which is beautiful”.
- Alicia won the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Actress for her role in this film.
- When film director Lisa Langseth was looking for an unestablished actress to play the lead in her new film, she discovered Alicia Vikander.
- This was Alicia Vikanders first major role which attracted considerable attention within the film industry.
- The film was filmed in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
- The budget for the film was SEK 14,700,000 (estimated)
Aaron King: Anybody who wonders where the hell Alicia Vikkander came from since she seemed to appear out of nowhere and was in what seemed like 7 films last year and now is up for an oscar should watch this film. Every moment in this film is owned by her and her character. You can’t help but feel sorry for the poor girl who can’t seem to get her life together despite the saving grace of classical music and the men who make her life terrible and use her for her body which she mistake for love while she dumps the true man who liked her because he enjoyed tv and video games rather than classical music and poetry. The girl has some mental issues but she is far from crazy and it seems to boil down to her mother and the way she treats her. Alicia is amazing in this film and truly becomes an actress to watch for even of it took a bit longer in the states for her to become a household name. She seems to have a fair shot at the oscars and I wish her luck because even at 26, you can see the talent that she possesses.
Sal: The character of Katarina is basically just a standard template of “born in the le wrong generation”/superiority complex, but the beautiful Alicia Vikander adds so much emotion to the role. She honestly is one of the best actresses working today and this film got me successfully excited for some of her upcoming Oscar films. Also this film has Vikander shamefully dancing to hip hop in a track suit, I can die happy now.
Okcordero: Alicia Vikander’s performances can make even the most thoroughly average movie – The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., etc. – seem great, and Pure is no exception. Vikander is just amazing here – she’s heartbreaking, frustrating, and completely gives herself over to this role. She’s the young adult from an unstable home with an even less stable future, who takes a job at a concert hall where she falls for the pervy conductor; while the script plays out like you probably think it does, Katarina as a character feels completely human, and you’re totally with her even as everything around her falls apart. Vikander’s performance is pure passion/emotion, and certainly elevates this movie – just to watch this without getting lost in those big, brown eyes.
Alicia Vikander is incredibly talented and deserving of her Oscar, and here she shows it in her first major film role. The movie suffers from a frustrating/predictable story, but Langseth’s unique and (literal) in your face direction and Vikander’s performance make it worth checking out. It’s also worth it to see a short appearance by Martin Wallström in his pre-Mr. Robot days.