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13 August 2015

Arrow Films braves 30 DEGREES IN FEBRUARY (review)

In this compelling slice of Nordic Noir are four intertwined stories of people fleeing from the cold of Sweden to Thailand with the naive and desperate hopes of finding happiness.  After thirty-five years of marriage to a wheelchair-bound and abusive husband, Majlis books a vacation surprise for them and experiences a rebirth.  When her bitter husband moves up the return flight, she goes to desperate ends to stay behind.  Thirty-eight year old, overweight heating installer Glenn strikes up an online relationship with a Thai waitress and arrives to propose to her.  He knows that his money makes him more attractive to her, but he ends up walking right into a web of con games including a Swedish ex-con, a transvestite masseuse, and her single-mother sister.  Frustrated with her slow recovery after a sudden stroke, architect Kajsa packs up her two daughters and heads to Thailand for a stay at the Happiness bungalows on a Thai island.  Discovering that the place is for sale, she buys it and plans to renovate it.  Unfortunately, the owner Chan has just returned after an extended stay in Sweden and has convinced himself that buying back Happiness will help him reunite his estranged family (including troubled teenage son Pong).  All of their desperate attempts at finding happiness may be for naught as a torrential tropical storm heads for the mainland.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Films (UK) Region 2 PAL DVD (DVDBeaver)

30 DEGREES IN FEBRUARY DVD specs:
  • 10 episodes on four discs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • Swedish/English/Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Start-up Trailers
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