Following the tragic death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Ida falls into the care of her estranged aunt Bodil and Bodil’s three grown sons. Ida initially finds comfort in their home, which is filled with physical tenderness and a strong sense of unity. But the darker reality of her family’s criminal way of life and toxic dynamics slowly pushes her to accept violence, addiction and intimidation as normal. It isn’t until the situation spirals out of control that Ida realizes that love and violence have become impossible to separate. Doubting if she really belongs with this loyal, but dangerous matriarch and a brotherhood on the edge, Ida faces the same question that her mother once faced before her; just how far are you willing to go for your family?
“Wildland is about the need to belong – it’s a female-driven mafia film about a young girl’s entrance into a new family, her encounter with their love, and, inevitably, her ultimate sacrifice for their survival. The story is wrapped in a circular narrative that mirror social heritage; a legacy that can feel impossible to break, no matter how hard you try. From the very beginning I was interested in portraying violence. What is it and how may it manifest itself? In our story, love and violence coexist; it is present around the breakfast table, it is present in every smile, conversation or caress. Therefore, it is not violence in itself that creates a disturbing feeling, but the fact that it goes hand-in-hand with affection. This is the destructive power of family love.” [Jeanette Nordhal]