Dthe then Social Democratic Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, was shot down on Sveavägen 28 February 1986, lost the Swedish welfare state his innocence, and as soon as the shock waves had subsided a bit, the police set about investigating what would later become the largest Scandinavian criminal mystery in recent times.
Since then, there has been no shortage of textbooks, conspiracy theories, detective stories and TV series about this unfortunate and generational event. However, that has not deterred American actor and director Schiaffino Musarra from devising yet another piece of entertainment in the slipstream of all the other Palm material.
And he and his companions actually got away with it quite well. The approach is humorously satirical, and the result is a piece of wonderfully entertaining both exciting and funny television fiction that captures the special Swedish humor that is also expressed in Josef Fares’ films and in various TV series and jokes in Roy Andersson’s surreal universe.
The inventor Schiaffino Mussara plays the overriding lead role as the failed but not incompetent commercial film director George English, who has come to headline a – unbearably self-absorbed, but of course also professionally organized – actor one on the lamp during the filming of a wine commercial. That is why he is blacklisted, unemployed and is then confronted with demands for a substantial tax refund.
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