THREE MILES NORTH OF MOLKOM **** DIRECTED BY: ROBERT CANNAN, CORINNA MCFARLANE
THE title of this hugely entertaining documentary refers to the location in Sweden of ngsbacka, home of the annual No Mind festival, a spiritual retreat where adults go to get in touch with their inner-selves via the wonders of chanting, firewalking, shamanism, tantric sex and sharing their deepest, most ridiculous thoughts and feelings.
It's also fertile ground for first-time directors Robert Cannan and Corinna McFarlane's access-all-areas film, particularly since they've been gifted with an almost too-good-to-be-true protagonist in the form of Nick, a straight-talking Australian rugby coach horrified to find himself among a bunch of tree-hugging hippies. Worried that he's stumbled into a cult, Nick's hilariously cynical observations act as the perfect way in for audiences not convinced about, say, the human mind's capacity to prevent someone crashing into you using only the power of thought.
That said, Cannan and McFarlane are careful not to sneer at those who take such things seriously. This is a film that's open-minded about the benefits of such places as life experiences, if not necessarily life-changing ones.