I recently came across the moody and surreal videos of Norwegian director, Kristoffer Borgli, and was quite mesmerized. He has a distinct style that captures surface blandness of a suburban life that is just barely covering a deeper and more unsettling reality.
His films remind me stylistically of last year’s Dogtooth from Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, but Brogli takes his short videos diving into the psyche of children and adolescents.
His newest video for Casiokids is a hysterical and unsettling portrait of a cultish group of teens and their stuffed animals. It combines humor and the slight horror of stuffed toy mutilation to the best effect. His short film and music video with electro-duo The Golden Filter uses the same veneer of bourgeois domestic comfort for the setting of a story about an adolescent girl who doesn’t seem to fit in and possibly isn’t long for this world. I expect to see more from Borgli and a whole host of imitators sometime soon.