It’s a lovely story, especially when Uncle Linda and Elliot bond, but the comedy is very hit or miss.
Parenting is hard by itself, but it’s moreso hard when done alone, especially if there was supposed to be a partner alongside the journey. Thank You, I’m Sorry depicts this through Sara, who has to deal with her husband’s absence and difficulties in connecting with her husband’s family in his stead, on top of her pregnancy, but it’s her connection with her estranged sister Linda that can make or break her journey. The dynamic between the sisters is what drives the film. Sanna Sundqvist and Charlotta Björck manage to depict the strained yet clearly loving relationships naturally, and it’s lovely to see the mundane ways they reestablish their bond. It’s a unique story, though it does feel rushed and some of the humor can be totally off-putting.
Unexpected endings can cause hard to manage grief, but it can also lead to unexpected beginnings. Thank You, I’m Sorry portrays Sara’s grief over losing her husband, the one who was supposed to be her partner in parenthood, through a naturalistic way. However, what truly drives the movie is how Sara reconnects with her estranged, older sister Linda. Linda is her complete opposite– a bit messed up, disorganized, but more free spirited in the way she approaches life and gender– but because of this, she’s able to connect with her nephew more comfortably, being dubbed Uncle Linda. Thank You, I’m Sorry may not connect with every viewer through its comedy, but it’s a fairly nuanced and heartwarming depiction of a non-binary character, which isn’t all that common.