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2nd Class is a remarkable story elegantly edited within a 14 minute runtime about Charlotte, a young school teacher who accidentally finds herself in front of a vicious Nazi rally where a hate crime occurs right at her feet. Learning of her attacker, after visually recognizing him in one of her student’s photographs, she takes it upon herself to teach the young boy a lesson of what’s right and wrong.
Director/Writer Jimmy Olsson operates the camera with ease as he creates a visceral experience with only a few casual closeups. The film is lead by the fantastic performances of Hannah Alem-Davidson and Mio Adermark, who assist this style of filmmaking into something surprisingly tense yet righteous.
2nd Class is a rapid watch, as it’s nearly impossible to pause once it begins. The story is something that us as a society need to hear in these troubling times, and Olsson’s enthusiasm towards the subject matter makes this a foreign language short that the people of the world need to sit down and spend some time with. It may not revolutionize the ways of the world, but it produces a thought that maybe even if we can’t help the broken, we can teach our youth the proper way to treat any human being regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or sexuality.