Bitch Hug (SIFF 2013)

Kristen is on the verge of high school graduation and can’t wait to escape Sweden to the adventures she knows are awaiting her in New York City. Through the help of a friend, she is given an opportunity to work as a correspondent for her local paper during her trip abroad. But disaster strikes when she oversleeps in a drunken stupor and misses her flight. Fearful of embarrassment and losing her job opportunity, she holes up at an acquaintance’s home in the countryside and fabricates experiences for her column. She is surprisingly successful with this, especially as she turns her acquaintance with Andrea into a friendship and starts learning more about what is really important in life. Although the details of her New York experiences may be fabricated, her growth as a person is real and she may actually be learning more in this isolated rural home than she would have by actually traveling to the US. But how long can the charade last before her secret is discovered?

Bitch Hug was a funny and entertaining film with authentic character development and an interesting story arc. The inevitable conflicts and resolutions were believable and the ending was satisfying. Recommended.

Provided Film Synopsis
Pretty, blonde, and popular—Kristin counts down the days to her high school graduation, when she'll finally get to leave her manipulative sister and small Swedish town behind for New York City. Everything is set perfectly: the airline tickets purchased, an apartment rented, and the local town newspaper has promised to publish Kristin's columns about life in the city that never sleeps. But when she misses her flight after a drunken high school graduation party, she hides out at the country home of the shy, sullen Andrea until she can catch a standby flight. While she waits, the pair strike up a wary but genuine friendship, as they turn their house in the middle of nowhere into a virtual Big Apple adventure, which Kristin chronicles for everyone at "home" to follow ... until the day reality comes knocking. In his follow-up to Simple Simon, director Andreas Öhman crafts an endearing portrait of surprising friendship and life's quixotic journey at that moment when innocence gives way to experience.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Andreas Öhman
  • Cast Members:

    • Adam Lundgren
    • Fabian Fouren
    • Fanny Ketter
    • Linda Molin
    • Mathilda von Essen
  • Countries:

    • Sweden
  • Languages:

    • Swedish
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Coming of Age
    • Drama