Highly Original Without Getting Bogged Down in Quirk

Orlando Weekly | March 27, 2007
Highly original without getting bogged down in quirk, Swedish Auto is a slowly unfolding romance about two issues-laden loners who each happen to have a penchant for voyeuristic stalking. Director Derek Sieg doesn't let the story get ahead of itself, and as we see Carter toiling away at his car-repair job and Darla making her way through her days as a diner waitress, they are unremarkable. Once the elegantly paced exposition and Sieg's economical use of dialogue captures the tentative weirdness of the two, and by the time the viewer realizes the dysfunction of this couple, it's too late to hold it against them. Shooting in Charlottesville, Va., Sieg makes the college city feel like a glacial small town, which provides a suitable backdrop for this marvelously engaging story.

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