Magazine article Screen International

Leave the World Behind

Magazine article Screen International

Leave the World Behind

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Dir: Christian Larson. UK. 2014. 93mins

The 'farewell tour' movie has been well-mined over the years, but Christian Larson's rather beautiful, emotionally striking and often up-lifting Leave The World behind is a real delight as it charts the 2012 farewell tour of top electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia.

The beating heart of the film, though, is the vibrant and exhilarating concert footage.

The Swedish trio of DJ/producers Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Axel Hedfors dominated the electronic dance scene until they decided to call it quits...not because of fights or hassles, just simply that they were a the top and simply wondered what could they do next, figuring in the end that it is best to quit while you are ahead.

Though director/editor Christian Larson shoots and structures his film in pretty standard style there is a lot of joy, compassion and sheer verve to the long final tour. The concert footage is plentiful - and stylishly shot - and often intercut with beautiful women staring towards the camera - and sits nicely alongside interviews with the Swedish threesome as they bond with their families, perform, recall the how they met and the fun of their early days and travels around the world.

The film opens with details about the band's winding up and that fact that they sold out Madison Square Garden in nine minutes before tracking back to detail the band members themselves. They are vibrant but all very different personalities - bearded and tattooed Angello seems the brooding core; Ingrasso is all clean-cut energy, and Axwell is thoughtful and pensive. …

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