The two protagonists of Something Must Break are Sebastian (Saga Becker), whose sexuality and gender don’t fit into conventional categories and who drifts uncomfortably between hook-ups, and Andreas (Iggy Malmborg) who has never questioned his heterosexual identity. The two meet when Andreas helps fight off a man who becomes violent when Sebastian misinterprets his signals. They meet again by chance later, and this time Sebastian finds the courage to approach him.
Andreas insists that he isn’t gay, and his difficulty in accepting his attraction to Sebastian is at odds with Sebastian’s more fluid understanding of gender and sexuality. They become closer, having various adventures in their Stockholm suburb, and eventually do start a sexual relationship. As Andreas struggles to accept his sexuality, Sebastian becomes more comfortable with his female identity and alter-ego, which he calls Ellie. As the two become closer and their relationship develops, the underlying tension and fear between them starts to become apparent. As Sebastian/Ellie gains confidence and a sense of identity, the ways in which Andreas mistreats and holds her back become clearer, and in the end she finally breaks free and accepts her fluid, un-categorised nature.
“The Confident Nordic Transgender Narrative We’ve Been Waiting For.”
— Film School Rejects
Did You Know?
Saga Becker read Eli Levén’s novel before the making of the film Something Must Break and felt an immediate connection with the main character. When Esther Martin Bergsmark started auditioning actors for the role of Sebastian/Ellie, Becker was determined to get the part, even as Bergsmark was unsure she was right for it. They went through many, many rounds of auditions to settle Bergsmark’s doubts—a decision they state they’re now very happy with. Becker also went on to become the first transgender person to win a Guldbagge (the Swedish equivalent of an Oscar) for her performance. Review our Gay Themed Films Here
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