Holiday (2018)

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Holiday (2018)

Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of luxury, recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the "family" of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riveria. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life for this gangster family, but when the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone, Sascha's eye drifts towards the "normal" life she is leaving behind--is it possible she could still be accepted by polite society?
Denmark
Netherlands
Sweden
IMDb   5.7 /10
Metacritic   78 %
TheMovieDb    5.5 /10
RottenTomatoes
TV.com
FilmAffinity   5.8 /10
Information
Release Date2019-01-31
Runtime1h 33min
GenreCrime, Drama
Content Rating
AwardsAwards11 wins & 20 nominations
CompanyApparatur Film, Common Ground Pictures, Det Danske Filminstitut
CountryDenmark, Netherlands, Sweden
LanguageDanish, English, Dutch, French
Michaelas Michael
Tomasas Tomas
Bobbyas Bobby
Bo Brønnum
Bo Brønnum
Boas Bo
Morten Hemmingsen
Morten Hemmingsen
Jensas Jens
Mill Jober
Mill Jober
Mariaas Maria
Tanjaas Tanja
Stanislav Sevcik
Stanislav Sevcik
Karstenas Karsten
Saxe Rankenberg Frey
Saxe Rankenberg Frey
Emilas Emil
Michiel de Jong
Michiel de Jong
Frederikas Frederik
Barbara Lervig
Barbara Lervig
Entertaineras Entertainer
Lewis Oliver James Wallace
Lewis Oliver James Wallace
Entertaineras Entertainer
Mathias Bengtsson
Mathias Bengtsson
Swedish Guyas Swedish Guy
Adam Strand
Adam Strand
Swedish Guyas Swedish Guy
Tom Lindell
Tom Lindell
Swedish Guyas Swedish Guy
Niyazi Yildiz
Niyazi Yildiz
Workeras Worker

Holiday (2018 film)

Holiday is a 2018 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Isabella Eklöf and produced by David B. Sørensen. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film won four Bodil Awards, including Best Danish Film.


Plot

Michael is a drug dealer who takes his friends, including younger girlfriend Sascha, on a vacation to Bodrum in the Turkish Riviera. There, they engage in activities such as sunbathing and enjoying the water park. While visiting an ice cream shop, Sascha meets two Dutch men, Frederik and Thomas, and speaks with them informally. Sascha and her friends go to a restaurant for dinner and she spots the Dutch men again and speaks to them. She meets Thomas one night and shares drugs with him. When one of his men, Musse, shows up at the house, Michael viciously beats him, fearing the police could have followed Musse to him. Still raging he rapes Sascha, an attack which is witnessed by an unknown party in the house, who does nothing to intervene. Michael realizes the drug deals have been a success, and handsomely rewards Musse.

Alone, Sascha visits the nearby harbour where she spots the Dutch flag on one of the boats and realizes it must be Thomas'. She joins the two Dutch men on the boat for drinks when Michael happens upon them. Jealous, Michael introduces himself as Sascha's employer and boards the boat to join the small party. Thomas speaks about how he left his house for the boat and how it helped his "soul"; Michael is skeptical about this story and suggests Thomas is looking for sex. When Michael and Sascha walk home, Michael interrogates her about how she knows Thomas and how many times they have met. At the house, Michael finds Thomas on Sascha's phone contact list and calls him, inviting him for steaks on the pretense that Michael wants to consult Thomas about buying a boat. The three have dinner and go into the house, where Michael questions Thomas further on his sexual interest in Sascha. When Thomas indicates he has none, Michael tells him that is best and orders him out of the house, under threat of harm.

Sascha visits Thomas' boat once again, with bruises around her neck. Thomas realizes Michael is abusive, but accidentally falls over into his boat. Annoyed, he tells her she and her friends will all be dead or in prison in a few years and he will not be taking her away on his boat. During Thomas' rant, Sascha snaps, picks up a glass jug and hits Thomas over the head with it, killing him. She then throws the jug into the sea. She stops by the Turkish police station, but feels unable to communicate with them and leaves. The next day, at the entrance to the pontoon where the boat is moored, Sacha is located. Meanwhile, in the background, two of Michael's men are removing items from Michael's boat in black bags. Sascha intercepts Thomas' friend and lies about being stood up by Thomas, saying she has been waiting for him for two hours. They walk off together. In the final scene Sascha is seemingly happy on a luxury boat with Michael and friends, as if nothing has happened.


Cast

  • Victoria Carmen Sonne as Sascha
  • Lai Yde as Michael
  • Thijs Römer as Tomas
  • Michiel de Jong as Frederik
  • Adam Ild Rohweder as Musse

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 80% based on reviews from 35 critics.

Accolades

AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipientsResultRef.
Bodil Awards2 March 2019Best Danish FilmWon
Best ActressVictoria Carmen SonneWon
Best Supporting ActorLai Yde HolgaardWon
Best CinematographerNadim CarlsenWon
Fantastic FestSeptember 2018Next Wave Best PictureIsabella EklöfWon
Next Wave Best DirectorWon