I “judged a book by its cover” and originally circled Border for my list of movies to watch solely based on the image that was advertised in the HIFF program guide. I completely disregarded the summary and was just hoping that it would be a horror-based film, which it almost turned out to be. The main character, Tina, is a really peculiar-looking person. It was deceivingly refreshing to me as I thought there was finally a movie with an unconventionally pretty female lead without there being an agenda on her non-stereotypical looks. Unfortunately, I was wrong; there was a reason for her looking the way she did.
Tina works as a Swedish border agent and has an extraordinary talent for (literally) sniffing people out. One man, who looks eerily similar to Tina (with the unconventional face), walks through customs and is stopped by Tina and requested for searching. After finding unusual items in his bag, but nothing illegal, Tina requests that her partner strip-search the man, as she still has an odd feeling about him, and her senses are never wrong. Her partner once again finds nothing illegal, but mentions to Tina that the man did not have the typical body of one. Tina and this man, Vore, end up becoming quite acquainted with each other throughout the rest of the movie. While Vore unfortunately turns out to not be what Tina thought he was, she ultimately learns more about herself thanks to their relationship.
This movie contains multiple plot twists, constantly holding the audience’s attention. There were quite a few scenes with not-so-pretty sights that I and most of the audience found uncomfortable to watch, but it all had purpose for the storyline. This film was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I actually stood outside of the theater at the end of the movie and stopped a stranger because I just needed to talk about it with someone, anyone. We had a nice discussion about a few things that we found confusing and collectively came up with our own explanation, although it’s still up to interpretation. This is definitely a movie to see for anyone into folklore or fantasy.