Short stories are a format I’ve been reading increasingly more of. With the Swedish film Alive, written and directed by Jimmy Olsson, I feel I ought to take this format to my passion for movies more often as well. Alive runs for just 23 minutes and the film’s synopsis tells you practically the whole story. Yet it still takes you by surprise, and it is the characters that truly keep you invested. Alive’s central figures are two young women – Viktoria and Ida – who alternately play to and against type in a way that lets the audience explore their own prejudices.
This month started as any other, but ended very differently. On Friday 27 March, South Africa went into a national lockdown in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has sent the world into a tailspin.