In 2017 during a marrow growing competition, Caroline (Jo Hartley) was outrageously disqualified due to a technicality. A few years later and Caroline’s story came to the attention of documentary maker Kirsty (Rebekah Murrell) who decided to catch up with Caroline and her husband, Paul (Richard Lumsden) to find out how this injustice can be overturned. However, as Kirsty’s investigation goes deeper, Caroline and Paul expose a side of the vegetable growing community that soils the reputation of the entire industry.
Swede Caroline is a mockumentary written by Brook Driver and co-directed by Finn Bruce. Set in the world of competitive vegetable growing, Swede Caroline is a quintessentially British film about something which only the British people may understand. Even though quite a few still find it quite silly.
However, what starts out as the roots of a comedy sketch soon turns into a wider story about what goes on behind closed doors in a small community. With a cast taking it all so seriously, this tongue in cheek comedy cannot help but make the audience smile.
Something which may have been even funnier if it were true, Swede Caroline pokes fun at ordinary people and with a witty and sharp script by Brook Driver. This truly British comedy shows not only manages to put forward the little things people reveal about themselves when faced with a camera, but also reminds the audience that under the seemingly ordinary surface may lie a hotbed of seedy activity.
Although this kind of comedy may not be for everybody and for those not paying attention, some people may believe its documentary credentials more easily. However, there are still enough laugh out loud moments to break that suspension of disbelief.
Caroline and Paul’s journey takes them from car chases, allotment shootings and even middle-class orgies turn this deadpan documentary into a crazy exploration of ordinary suburban life.
All the cast are well seasoned in comedy and those familiar with their work will enjoy performances from Hartley and Lumsden in the central roles. Although those looking for something broader may be disappointed as they will just have to sit, pay attention and smirk at the dialogue which fleshes out the comedy cast.
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