I always talk about the present cinematic scenario that is growingly becoming too loud. 

Especially, the theatrical realm is underappreciating films that are more grounded. Nevertheless, our area of concern today is Netflix (as usual).

‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’ deals with the theme of personal grief amidst a rekindling blood-relationship.

Originating from Sweden, it has a length of one and a half hours. 

Moreover, the movie is a bittersweet, heartfelt, and comedy-drama at its core. 

Let’s get on with the review.

‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’ Synopsis

The sudden demise of her husband leaves Sara alone during the final stages of her pregnancy. Now, she has to look after three people, including herself, her five-year-old son, and her yet-to-be-born daughter; all alone.

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Her rising stress finds a lifeline in the unexpected arrival of her estranged sister, Linda.

The movie is directed by Lisa Aschan and features Sanna Sundqvist (Sara), Amael Blomgren Alcaide (Elliot), Charlotta Bjorck (Linda), and La Langhammer (Helen) in pivotal roles. 

What Works for ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’?

If you look at it from afar, the movie isn’t a bigwig. It’s really simple from the outset. 

So straightforward that the majority might not want to give it a chance. 

But when it starts playing out, ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’ makes you pause for a while and focus squarely on the characters, the settings, and the dialogue. 

The idea is not just about estranged siblings reuniting for the better, it is also about tackling the inner conflicts that rage wars on multiple fronts. 

The night before passing away, Sara’s husband talks to her about taking a break. He intends to hit pause since the fuss of looking after her and their kid isn’t working out for him. 

He already has plans to leave her alone without realizing the important juncture of her pregnancy.

Despite the touch of ungratefulness in his voice, Sara maintains her composure even after he is gone.

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The tranquilizing background score becomes an ally in the storytelling, providing a gentle ambiance that mirrors real-life emotions.

It never screams for attention but harmoniously accompanies the narrative, allowing things to unfold organically.

Similarly, the screenplay isn’t dazzling. Rather, it is focused on evoking authenticity. 

Some scenes that showcase the mother-son camaraderie touch your soul, especially the one where Sara mimics a monkey not giving a damn about her physical state. 

It is this emphasis of ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’ on a realistic portrayal of human relationships that makes the tale beautiful. 

Its humble feature of exploring an individual’s impassive grief in the least pretentious manner offers a deep insight into how humans may interact in such situations. 

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The emotional detailing is reflected in the way characters communicate through effective writing.

Nothing is hastened and even though the duration is crisp, you never feel ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry’ misses out on a particular aspect. 

After a long time, you’d be able to feel the pull or the urge of onscreen quietude. 

Additionally, the humor is top-notch, majorly fronted by smart moves within the plot either situational or vocal. 

Again, the motif doesn’t shift to comedy but stays entirely on the realistic-ness of the storyline.

How are the Performances?

Sanna Sundqvist holds within herself a mettlesome mien while playing Sara. Recently seen in Tore, she delivers another, though much denser in screen space, commendable performance.

Her true-to-life depiction of a mother will touch you on many occasions. The flip side of her character carries a sack of grief, which Sundqvist ably unties as the movie progresses.

Working to her benefit are her expressions, her belief in pauses, and the written sketch, of course.

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La Langhammer is Helen in ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry.’ Her cordially pleasing skill to instill humor into the narrative is the eye-catcher.

Moreover, Langhammer’s impromptu takes bring natural light-heartedness to the table.

An actor who steals the limelight is Amael Blomgren Alcaide. He is the kid who portrays Elliot in ‘Thank You, I’m Sorry.’ 

Sweet and mighty delightful, Blomgren wins you over with his fine act.

What Doesn’t Work for Thank You, I’m Sorry?

The Swedish film never strays away from the end goal or even the process. Just one thing it could have executed better is the climax.

I don’t think such concepts should aim for an over-stimulating peak point. 

Stream or Skip?

Go for it. You’ll love Thank You, I’m Sorry.

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