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1,567 Ratings


Directed by Isabella Eklöf
Denmark, Netherlands, 2018
  • Danish
  • English, French


A perilous, violent love triangle unfolds over a Turkish Riviera vacation between a beautiful young Danish girl, her possessive drug lord boyfriend, and the free-spirited, yacht-owning Dutch traveller she flirts with.

Our take

Be warned: this is no placid summer’s tale! Isabella Eklöf’s sun-drenched debut is as intoxicating as it is brutal. An unflinching study of female oppression whose perspective on abuse has stirred up controversy, Holiday is daring filmmaking that exudes confidence while asking crucial questions.

Holiday Directed by Isabella Eklöf

Critics reviews

In its estranged distance from the camera and its icy blue-green color palette, the film offers a coherent and chilling representation of a world tied down by the crippling hierarchy of power structures in the absence of morals.
June 18, 2019
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It’s a cool, hard trip, icy in the fullest glare of the afternoon sun.
January 30, 2018
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No matter the extreme disgust at the center of this scene and the devastating circumstances surrounding it, Danish writer-director Isabella Eklof’s debut never feels like an empty provocation.
January 26, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Alice's rating of the film Holiday

    Powerful, bitter. Amazing photography: really wonderful shots! I loved the minimalist soundtrack, a remake of "Sinnerman" and actors are really good!

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Holiday

    A nasty little film, beautifully photographed. I have to call this Arthouse Porn, because a lot of effort went into the rape scene, and it's pretty much the defining scene of the film. People who don't want to see rape-porn shouldn't even watch this. There's also the issue of the whole film portraying the lead character as a woman with a weak or defective brain. If none of that bothers you, it's kind of a cool film.

  • manybits's rating of the film Holiday

    Think Sexy Beast with a crazy candy-and-pastel palette. This time, it's the Swedes portraying the Danes as the epitome of Euro Trash. Limitless amount of stupidity on display. Holiday is an Ulrich Seidl movie shot by Martin Parr. Isabella Eklof is incredibly talented. I need a beer.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film Holiday

    Visually “Holiday” reminds me of Seidl films, with a touch of Breillat (unless it’s just the prosthetic penis). A distant, cold camera records the vacation of a Nordic gangster and his girlfriend Sascha in Turkey. It’s visually impressive, but the story is ugly. I never understood the motives behind Sascha’s actions, but that applies for real people as well, and perhaps for that reason I found the movie so rewarding.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Holiday

    [MUBI] (Isabella: you dedicated this to your dad?!) Haneke+Von Trier are laughing their asses off. Bleak indeed. The scarf incident left more scars in me than the assault scene. Musse is beaten to a pulp then he offers them gifts, makes sense. Bo's face when Musse fist-bumps him despite his knuckles still being bruised from mauling his face in. Karsten's Andersson-like deadpan demeanor+sense of humor killed me dead.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Holiday

    BETWEEN THOMAS and MICHAEL, would you share Sascha's choice ? Sexual, violent, vulgar, this film, which makes you think, offers a bitter & heart touching portrait of a woman ... === ENTRE THOMAS et MICHAEL, partageriez-vous le choix de Sascha? Sexuel, violent, vulgaire, ce film, qui fait réfléchir, propose un amer & poignant portrait de femme... 3,5/5

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Holiday

    I remember this being marketed, similarly to "Revenge," as a modern take on the rape/revenge genre, but "Holiday" proves altogether more subversive. Isabelle Eklöf is clearly a student of Haneke's sterile despair—the wide angles, long takes, and documentary-like detachment. A portrait of a young woman locked in an abusive cycle that nevertheless holds her accountable for the evil inflicted upon those around her.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Holiday

    A vicious and vulgar little film. It doesn't offer much apart from a great deal of contempt. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities, even though the girl does possess some genuine warmth it is still self-serving and manipulative. The 'family' live under a reign of terror, lorded over by an emotionally impotent monster. A tough watch, (even without the brutal rape scene).

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