Saturday, 5 May 2012
Lina Braake (3½ Stars)
Lina Braake is an 81-year-old woman who has lived most of her life in the same apartment. When her landlord dies he states in his will that she can remain in the apartment for the rest of her life. Soon after his death the heir sells the house to a bank, and the will is declared invalid. The bank arranges for her to be put into an old people's home, where she has to share a room with two other women.
At first Lina is totally depressed and spends all her days in bed. Then she pulls herself together, motivated by one goal in life: she wants to take revenge on the bank. An ex-employee of a bank who also lives in the home advises her on how to carry out a bank fraud, making herself seem creditworthy enough to take out a loan which she doesn't intend to repay.
This is a beautiful little story of the success of the little person in a battle against the system. It can be criticised for being too straightforward, because Lina doesn't have any problems in achieving her goal, but overall it's an enjoyable evening's viewing.