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Finnish director Klaus Haro (Mother of Mine) energizes this Swedish historical drama (2007) by filling his large cast with capable young newcomers. Julia Hogberg is especially effective as an impoverished, motherless teen who's chosen by the government for forced sterilization in 1951. Sent to a home for socially undesirable girls, she mounts a spirited defense of her fellow inmates that gradually wins over the head nurse (Maria Lundqvist). Screenwriter Kjell Sundstedt drew on the real-life experience of his aunts, who were among the 30,000 victims of Sweden's 42-year experiment in genetic engineering. In Swedish with subtitles. 101 min.

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