Life Overtakes Me (2019)


“The immigrants that develop this condition seem to come from certain parts of the world.  They come from the Balkans and former Soviet Republics on the Southern Border of Russia or belong to certain ethnic minorities which is rather difficult to explain.  These children and their families have almost exclusively been subject to trauma; psychologically, physically or both. And also they are facing the trauma of deportation.” – Karl Sallin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about a strange affliction in Sweden that causes seemingly healthy children to revert into a semi-coma state due to their family stress.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while looking at some of the Oscar contenders in the short film categories.

It’s both a fascinating and scary story that does its best to try and find an explanation for this very strange and unique phenomena that seems to only occur in specific traumatic situations largely to children in Sweden.

This movie is able to show how this syndrome affects both the families and and caregivers of these children in ways one could never imagine.

It’s quite intriguing to see how these children are able to be effected by the stress in their family lives to a point where they are self induced into a near coma stage.

This film does it’s best to portray all that is happening but isn’t able to find a definitive answer as to the how and why these cases happen.

They are able tho to show that there seems to be a strong correlation between the trauma that these families experience as they seek refuge status of asylum in their new home in Sweden.

Bottom Line – Fascinating and scary film that tries to find some kind of explanation for this strange phenomena that seems to only occur in specific situations. The film does a great job showing the effects of this syndrome on the families and caregivers while also showing how it may be possible that these young children feel so much of the psychological and physical stress of their family situations and that is what is causing these problems. The film doesn’t try to give outright answers since the study is still ongoing, yet it allows us to see both the effects to these immigrant families before and after their troubles arise while petitioning for refuge status in Sweden. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won The Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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