Sune vs. Sune

Sune vs. Sune

Sweden | 2018 | 89 minutes | Jon Holmberg

September 14, 2019

Issaquah International Film Festival

The Swedish family of 10-year-old Sune is facing all kinds of comic problems: job threats, the pressure of keeping up with the Jonssons-and (worst of all) a popular new kid in class also named Sune! 

September 14 | 1:00 PM

Fourth grade is not starting well for Sune Andersson. He arrives late on the first day (because their family car is ancient, because of Dad's bottom-of-the-ladder job with a Swedish tax company) to find another boy named Sune-and now he has to be known as Sune Two. The injustice! Worse, the new kid is American, talented, popular, and catching the eye of Sune's friend Sophie, especially after they get cast together in "Romeo och Julia." Poor Sune is hurled into an existential crisis-"He's taken my name, my girlfriend, and my dignity!" Meanwhile, Dad thinks maybe he should quit and become a rock drummer, and Mom will not stop fibbing status-consciously to new-Sune's glamorous mom. But Sune's preposterously cute younger brother Håkan and his overactive imagination might come up with a revenge plan. Based on a long-running Swedish book series (the closest American equivalents, in comic tone and subject matter, are probably the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books), Sune vs. Sune is dryly hilarious and as smart as it is adorable. (Maybe I'm overthinking, but Sune's arguments with his conscience, who keeps irritatingly popping up in backpacks and trash cans, seem like a very Bergmanesque device, and is the closing-credits production number, "Two of Us," a sly spoof of ABBA's "One of Us"?)

  • Director: Jon Holmberg
  • Principal Cast: Elis Gerdt, John Österlund, Lily Wahlsteen, Baxter Renman, Tea Stjärne
  • Country: Sweden, Denmark
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Linus Stöhr Torell, Malin Söderlund
  • Screenplay: Jon Holmberg, Daniella Mendel Enk
  • Cinematographers: Erik Persson
  • Music: Joel Danell, Andreas Tengblad
  • Language: Swedish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes