It looks like David Holst (Bjorn Kjellmann) will become a Prime Minister soon in Sweden, thanks to the efforts of his wife Fia (Tova Magnusson-Norling). David’s political prospects become complicated, however, when he meets opposing party member Martin Kovac (Eric Ericson). Sparks fly immediately, and neither man can deny the attraction.
The relationship often leads to humorous situations, as they try to hide their growing love from their families, their parties, and the general public. Their scenes with David’s parents are especially funny. Still, the chemistry between the two male leads brings a truly romantic depth to the story.
Besides playing Fia, Tova Magnusson-Norling also directed this light-hearted comedy. The story only slows down or gets serious a few times, but those moments stand out as especially tender. The rest of the time, the talented cast just delivers one funny line after another. Fortunately, Magnusson manages to save some of the best scenes for herself; Fia proves as insightful about love as politics.
The English subtitles change a bit quickly during the montage of opening scenes, but are easy to read during the rest of the film. The foreign setting never takes away from the universal themes.
Four More Years tackles the frequent hypocrisy and pretense of politics while also showing how ambition can often interfere with love and happiness. I love the strong character development and irreverent humor in Wilhelm Behrman’s script.