Jimmie is about a four-year-old blond Swedish boy who, with his father, goes in search of a safe future by undertaking a long and dangerous journey across Europe. In a gripping manner, director Jesper Ganslandt turns the current refugee crisis upside down. Impressive and sometimes heartbreaking.
Jimmie’s father assures him that he will see his mother, who has suddenly disappeared, again. Jimmie believes him; what toddler wouldn’t? Even when his comfortable life in Stockholm falls apart even further, Jimmie, with his long blonde hair and his trendy Fjällräven backpack, hangs on to promises. On to an adult hand, a friendly face, his loyal cuddly toy. In his fourth feature film, with precision and empathy, Jesper Ganslandt shows how a child tries to save himself in times of despair and loss.
The question “What if it happened to us?” underpins the impressionist film Jimmie. With a simple reversal, Ganslandt brings the refugee crisis closer to a Western European audience than the many films that have already addressed the subject. The film transcends its strong concept and is primarily a gripping and compelling drama, excellently acted by Ganslandt himself and his son Hunter. Jimmie was the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 and ended as a favourite for the Audience Award.
The films Jimmie, All You Can Eat Buddha and Arrhythmia all ended among the favourites for the Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2018. These titles were not purchased by cinemas in the Netherlands and can therefore only be seen on the big screen during the IFFR Catch-up (Dutch: IFFR Gemist), with English subtitles.