So Damn Easy Going

So Damn Easy Going

Sweden | 2022 | 91 min | Christoffer Sandler

April 14 - 24, 2022

Beset by ADHD and a depressed father, with money constantly tight and medication hard to come by, life is a challenge for 18-year-old Joanna until she meets the effortlessly cool Audrey.

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On the cusp of adulthood, Joanna (Nikki Hanseblad) has already seen her share of troubles that would overwhelm most fully mature grownups. Still reeling from the recent loss of her mother, a calamity that has sent her father (Shanti Roney) into a tailspin of depression, Joanna suffers from ADHD and is short on cash to pay for medications to quell the constant, distracting anxiety she feels. With her father out of work, she resorts to selling whatever she can, including expired condoms, at her high school. During one of these entrepreneurial schemes, she meets Audrey (Melina Benett Paukkonen), one of the classmates with whom she develops a close bond. Joanna has a casual physical relationship with Matheus (Emil Algpeus), another boy at her school, but the time she spends alone with Audrey gives her a sense of calm she can no longer find with anyone else. Could she really be falling in love with her new best friend while her brain is spinning out of control? Based on a young-adult novel by Swedish author Jenny Jägerfeld, So Damn Easy Going is a funny, sweet coming-of-age romance, tinged with the serious dramatic overtones of mental affliction. In his debut feature, director Christoffer Sandler elicits naturalistic performances from appealing newcomers Hanseblad and Paukkonen and uses novel visual and aural effects to depict the uncontrollable cacophony of lights and sounds that many ADHD sufferers endure every day, a condition that may relate to many who have survived the absurdity of adolescence.

— Randy Woods

  • Original Language Title: Så Jävla Easy Going
  • Director: Christoffer Sandler
  • Principal Cast: Nikki Hanseblad, Melina Paukkonen, Shanti Roney, Emil Algpeus
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 91 min
  • Producer: Annika Hellström, Erika Malmgren
  • Screenplay: Christoffer Sandler, Lina Åström, Jessika Jankert, Linda-Maria Birbeck
  • Cinematographers: Nea Asphäll
  • Editors: Jens Christian Fodstad, Robert Krantz
  • Music: Gustaf Spetz
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Swedish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Swedish Filn Institute, TrustNordisk