7:30 PM, 11th May, 2022
The title refers to Fårö, a small island in the Baltic Sea, which for many years was the home (and often shooting location) of legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. His long association with the island has turned it into a minor shrine for directors, writers and artists.
In her latest film, French director Mia Hansen-Løve uses the island as the backdrop for a story of married couple Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), whose relationship is rocky as the landscape, and whose story we see interwoven with that of the film they are making (starring Mia Wasikowska, who also plays herself outside of the film-within-a-film).
Although this might sound like a complicated, self-referential tangle, Hansen-Løve (Eden, The Father of My Children) knows how to keep things simple and emotionally direct in this rumination on romance and creativity.