Review: Koko-Di Koko-da (2019 Fantastic Fest)

Title: Koko-di Koko-da
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Johannes Nyholm
Starring: Peter Belli, Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon
Runtime: 1 hr 26 mins

What It Is: Following an absolute tragedy on their last vacation a married couple takes a bit of time off. While they are doing so they are terrorized and lured by a sideshow artist and his gang of nefarious near-do-wells. As the couple is psychologically tortured by the circus folk they soon realize that there’s more to these “freaks” then meets the eye. But will they figure it out in time to save themselves from the various pains they’re going to be put through?

What We Think: This film is an absolutely incredible experience. To some, it may come off as confusing but once you get what the film is doing and where it’s going there’s a diamond in the rough waiting for you. Something akin to Force Majeure with one particular characterization. There’s something here, underlying and yet if you’re paying attention right in your face the whole time. Narratively it’s strong. Nyholm directs the crap out of this. There’s nary a flaw in the mechanics of this film. It’s also an eerie good time to boot. I think certainly helps in this regard.

Our Grade: A-, So this was one of the best films I saw at Fantastic Fest. I’d been looking forward to seeing it since it appeared at Sundance Film Festival back in January. We’re on the shortlist to possibly interview director Johannes Nyholm. Cross your fingers we get to interview him and talk about his choice of themes here. In the meantime, the film opens mid-November in limited and I can confidently send you to spend your dollars and see this one! I do caution that the giant cat seen above has nothing to do with the film itself…sadly.

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