Thank You, I'm Sorry (2023)

Thank You, I'm Sorry (2023)

PG-13

netflix

Estranged sisters reconnect amidst grief and bizarre comedy in this understated Swedish drama

6.5

Movie

Sweden
Swedish
Comedy, Drama
2023
FEMALE DIRECTOR, LISA ASCHAN
Charlotta Björck, Ia Langhammer, Jonatan Rodriguez
91 min

TLDR

It’s a lovely story, especially when Uncle Linda and Elliot bond, but the comedy is very hit or miss.

What it's about

Suddenly alone in her last trimester, pregnant Sara expects to grieve and face parenthood alone, until an unexpected lifeline arrives in the form of Linda, her estranged older sister.

The take

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.

What stands out

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.

Comments

Awsome. Linda is wonderful! So supportive of her sister, and kind and fun for Elliott

Just marvelous, not to be missed.
GPL

Very well done in showing emotions in people.
I will watch it again

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