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Paradise Is Burning - Review (London Film Festival 2023)

You're My Favourite Person. 3 / 5

Directed by Mika Gustafson.

In Sweden, sisters Laura, Mira and Steffi, get by on their own, left to their own devices by an absent mother.

Paradise is Burning does a remarkable job of encapsulating the chaos of youth. As three young sisters are left to build a life for themselves when their absent mother abandons them, they attempt to build a version of normality that is injected by the carelessness and freedom of childhood.

Mika Gustafson's unique coming-of-age film is packed with debut performances whose innocence brings a fortuitous sense of realism to the central sisterly bond with Bianca Delbravo leading the charge with a powerful and rebellious screen presence as an uncertain reality follows her every decision.

A welcomed surprise, the chaotic energy is managed well, never feeling too overbearing, instead driving home a heartfelt story about the importance of keeping your loved ones close and how the race to adulthood isn't always what it's cracked up to be.

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