by the canal, a young cellist meets a junkie, high and drifting. He gives him
twenty krona and they exchange a few words; the encounter is unremarkable. Yet
for the cellist – who grew up a poor immigrant in the outskirts of Malmö, and
who lost friends and family to drug abuse, crime and death – a barrier in his
mind has collapsed, and he leaves the canal chased by a creeping floodtide of
memories, all of which threaten to drag him back to where he came from.
through sprawling social housing estates, basement clubs and squat
a tumultuous and raging journey into the underbelly of Europe. With a rhythmic,
mesmerising flow, Tichy? probes the bittersweet pleasures of escaping one’s
origins, and of loving one’s neighbour without question – even when that
neighbour is an addict, a criminal, wretched.