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Borders (2019) by Gogola Brothers Short Film Review

Borders (2019) by the Gogola Brothers | SHORT FILM REVIEW

4 out of 5 stars


Filmmaking brothers André Gogola and Vito Gogola have delivered a gripping piece of short drama in Borders (2019) that every film fanatic should watch during their tea or coffee break.

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A character-driven short thriller

Borders (2019) explores a thrilling character-driven journey, where two lovers are forced to separate as a result of Swedish border restrictions, set in 2019 North Korea. Facing their tragic reality, Ryun-Hee (Emma Lu) and Kristian (Magnus Af Sandeberg, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009)), struggle to part after the news of Ryun-Hee’s pregnancy.

Driven by a talented cast, the ‘Gogola Brothers’ have engaged their audience with a heartfelt story, weaving in elements of fear, struggle, and ambiguity, diverting the drama from your typical love story tropes.

The chemistry Ryun-Hee and Kristian share on screen is fiercely magnified through subtle music choices and the overall cinematic tone of the film. At the core of the narrative lies a well-written script, fueled with poignant dialogue and unpredictable climatic turning points that are genuinely moving.

On set of Borders (2019) Andre and Vito, Gogola Brothers
On the set of Borders (2019) Andre and Vito, Gogola Brothers

The Gogola Brothers really distort the action in so many unnerving ways – don’t forget this is all in the space of under 3 minutes!

The chemistry Ryun-Hee and Kristian share on screen is fiercely magnified through subtle music choices and the overall cinematic tone of the film. At the core of the narrative lies a well-written script, fueled with poignant dialogue and unpredictable climatic turning points that are genuinely moving.

As the intensity builds, Ryun-Hee and Kristian experience their lives at stake when an abrasive soldier (Dennis Tapio) lashes out like a ticking time bomb, threatening to kill Kristian’s partner as he refuses to comply with the border regulations.

Borders (2019) leaves us with more intriguing questions than we started with, keeping us at the edge of our seats. Without a doubt, I’m certainly left hoping to see Borders expand into a feature film just as much as the Gogola Brothers surely do.

Read our interview with the multitalented brothers André and Vito Gogola.

Directors: André Gogola and Vito Gogola
Starring: Emma Lu, Kristian Magnus Af Sandeberg and Dennis Tapio