Sometimes, to get along with people you must stoop to their level. Sometimes, that may mean doing things you are not entirely comfortable with. The question is, just how far would you go?
Isabella Eklof’s feature length debut Holiday shines as bright as the Bodrum sun where it is set. Our main protagonist is played with beautiful innocence by Victoria Carmen Sonne (“In The Blood”, “The Elite”) whilst Lai Yde (“Follow The Money (TV)”, “Dicte: Crime Reporter (TV)”) is animalistic against the blue-sky.
It is slow going however, an hour and a half is made to feel like nearly two as Eklof and fellow writer Johanne Algren (“Johanne I Troldeskoven (TV)”), tease us and play with us, lulling us into a sense that we know precisely what is going to happen at the end, before twisting things to ensure we don’t.
The story sees Sascha (Sonne) arrive in Bodrum, alone, wheeling a giant suitcase. She meets a man, an unpleasant exchange is had, before she goes on her way. The next man she meets is Michael (Yde) and straight away she is happy to be seeing him again, back in his arms.
Things are lovely with Michael and his extended “we can do what we want” family. They live in a beautiful villa in the mountains, drink and party all day and night and soak up the sun. Everything is peachy, that is until, it isn’t.
It transpires the family are making their money by rather nefarious means and when one deal goes wrong, the whole mood of this happy little camp turns sour, dark.