With Every Heartbeat
MIA (Ruth Vega Fernandez) and FRIDA (Liv Mjönes), both in their thirties, meet each other for the first time at their parents' engagement party. Mia's father, Lasse (Krister Henriksson), is about to get married to Frida's mother, Elizabeth (Lena Endre), which will make Mia and Frida stepsisters. Lasse's daughter, Mia, has not visited her father in years and arrives with her boyfriend, Tim (Joakim Nätterqvist), with whom she is about to get married. As Mia and Frida get to know one another, strong emotions begin to stir between them. Their relationship will turn everything upside down for everyone close to them with dramatic consequences.
CAPSULE REVIEW: For some reason i prefer "Kyss Mig" even if it almost mirrors, plot-wise, the older and slightly more light-hearted lesbian drama "Imagine Me & You". Centering around the comfortable lives of members of the Swedish middle class you are presented to a rather simple love story that gets complicated, but only so much. You get the feeling that no one's life gets shattered as a consequence of the decisions taken by the movie's main romantic characters. The plot almost follows Ol Parker's film down to a tee but providing more dramatic heft due to the great performances provided by the mainly female cast, especially by the relative newcomer Ruth Vega Fernandez.
The film is beautifully shot. Granted, it has a very European, Swedish feel to it, with the late dusk, the forest and the lake houses, but in my opinion this only adds to the beauty of the film.
A meaningful drama following a yoiung woman just about to get married, going to the family home, her father now remarried and kids on the other side to meet, once she does she falls for the daughter bringing out feelings and complications ariseing in many ways, well handled ans worthy performances especially the two at the centre.
A rather familiar straight girl meets gay girl romantic drama, lifted somewhat out of the ordinary by the strong performances by and chemistry between leads Ruth Vega Fernandes and Liv Mjones.