The sky is as blue as the Aegean at this Turkish resort where a crime boss is holidaying with his entourage and girlfriend, Sasha. But the fun-in-the-sun whoopee contrasts starkly with the nastiness of their alpha-male world. As pliant as a play-dough doll, Sasha is humiliated sexually.

Holiday revolves around this indecipherable personage: a luxury-loving stray, desperate to “belong”. But a brilliant Sonne downplays her vacuity, and emphasises instead the fragility and sadness of a lost soul. When Sasha snaps and resorts to violence, it’s tempting to think she’s finally risen up, albeit in a terribly misguided way.

Cynical and surgically precise, Holiday sits on Haneke’s doorstep.


Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden

Year: 2018

Runtime: 1hr32

Version: in Danish, Dutch, subtitled in English and French

Cast & Credits

Director: Isabella Eklof

Producer: David B. Sorensen

Scenario: Johanne Algren, Isabella Eklof

Cinematography: Nadim Carlsen

Editor: Olivia Neergaard-Holm

Music: Martin Dirkov

Actors: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Romer