Call Girl

Voices speaking in a vast range of languages filled my ears as I sat in my seat waiting for the Swedish film ‘Call Girl’ to begin at one of its two showings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Call Girl is a movie about underage prostitution in Sweden in the 1970s and more importantly its relation to politics at that time.

The movie features two young and naïve cousins Iris and Sonja who both through their own circumstances find themselves in a care home.

Both reckless and with a compelling need to break the rules they regularly sneak out at night in order to smoke, drink and party.

Yet they soon find themselves forced to behave like the adults they like to believe they are as they find themselves exploited by a brothel madam who takes a particular shine to the youngest girl, Iris.

The young girls are blinded by the endless supply of alcohol, cigarettes and money that is being thrown their way, unaware of the consequences of their actions.

When things begin to spiral out of control the girls quickly discover that getting out of the world of prostitution is a lot harder than getting into it.

When they finally find their escape it does not come in the way they expected as they find themselves in the middle of a police investigation that has the potential to tear Swedish politics apart.

When the brothel madam is arrested the police search for the girls that work for her and her elite customers.

When one of the girls tips the police off about some of the prostitutes being underage Iris then finds herself back into the world that she finally managed to get out off.

The audience is transported back into an era when no-one believed you when you screamed.

The power of the political elite is frightening and those that speak out against them find their voices silenced.

Call Girl may be controversial but it is also very powerful and captivating.

However, the fact that the story is based on true events makes it more unsettling than anything.

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