Youthful, sensual nurse seeking
partner. Lisa is 38 and still single. Her biological
clock keeps ticking, and so she turns to Internet
On the net things are just like in real life. Sex comes
before love. Emotions kill. And nothing is quite what it
seems. The stakes get higher, and Lisa gets ready to
"Search" is a film about hopes, expectations and broken
promises. About sex, destiny and true love.
Kim Nilsson, MovieZine:
Lisa (Amanda Ooms) is 38 years and single. She works as
a nurse and decides during the holiday to engage in
dating life and puts out a contact advertisement
electronically. Vips comes a lot of hits on her side and
right away the carousel is running. In parallel with
this, she is tormented by memories from a love story
with a friend (Mikael Persbrandt) and socializing with
her friend Vera (Lia Boysen) who wedges steadily with
her married boss. On the whole, a very straight and
simple story that has been made a thousand times before,
but with different means can always be made fresh. And
von Heland at least partially succeeds.
You know a lot from popular articles such as "Bridget
Jones diary" and above all "Sex and the City", which is
not at all silly. Above all, the film's first hour is
really entertaining, not least through the hysterical
man's gallery that is presented and which we all surely
encountered. Von Heland has also managed to engage a
large part of Sweden's film elite and among all faces
that flash past there is a little unexpected Michael
Nyqvist and Petra Nielsen in very small roles. The
latter figure in a completely insane sequence where the
main character Lisa discovers that she is not alone on a
date with a man. Amanda Ooms is really good in the lead
role and has a nice sparring partner in Lia Boysen.
Mikael Persbrandt's role character, however, is a rather
unique concoction of previous figures in his career and
the depiction of Lisa's mother is, despite the humor,
not particularly tasteful.
The camera sneaks tightly, tightly on the faces that
reveal the slightest muzzle and toes. A great asset when
the actors are as good as they are here.
Where it fails, it is mainly in the film's last part
where the melody frame takes over in a vulgar inflated
way. Suddenly, that playful and melancholy mood is gone
and outbursts, suicide attempts and general misery
penetrate the box. A not immediately smooth transition
and von Heland thus neglects a really promising premise.
It is like she does not dare to trust that you can be
serious if you do not press all the emotional buttons
that exist and therefore the end falls as flat as rap in
the Melodifestivalen. In addition, there are some
surprises in the story that feel clumsy and focus from
what we really want to know.
In the end, "Search" becomes a fully approved Swedish
film that could have been significantly better. Just
like some mail contacts in the movie, you become very
attracted and interested in the initial phase. But when
the person shows his real face, one disappears badly
quickly, and unfortunately the same with the interest in
the film's last half hour.