Amanda Kernell's powerful feature debut follows a teenage Sámi girl in the 1930s who is forcibly removed from her family and sent to a state boarding school that is intended to raise its Indigenous charges to a level "acceptable" to the rest of Swedish society.
Michael O'Sullivan/Washington Post
Sami Blood is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance.
This handsome debut feature from Swedish-Sami writer-director Amanda Kernell robustly blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly specific, rarely depicted cultural context: Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sami folk.
Sherri Linden/Los Angeles Times
Writer-director Amanda Kernell’s assured first feature has a classic sheen, but with its powerful sense of place and sensitive performances, it’s no fusty museum piece.
Colin Covert/Minneapolis Star Tribune
Psychologically deep and emotionally vivid, it's a complex trip through personal and national history.
Sara Ward/Art Hub
Composed and compelling in its many forms: as a snapshot of Scandi cultural conflict; [and] as a character study of a girl finding her way in an unkind world.
Felipe Freitas/Film Threat
Sami Blood gets a solid recommendation from me based on the strength of its lead character, and the interesting angle and added layers to its very familiar premise.