A Hustler's Diary

Croatian expatriate Ivica Zubak directed this energetic, incisive, and sometimes hilarious Swedish feature about a restless young Turkish immigrant in a low-income suburb of Stockholm. The hero (Can Demirtas, who cowrote the screenplay with Zubak) senses he can do better than his current life of crime and fancies himself the next Al Pacino; during a disastrous audition at a prestigious acting school, he misplaces his diary, a vivid chronicle of his escapades, and it winds up in the hands of a posh book publisher (Jorgen Thorsson). The ensuing battle of wits between the thug, who fears exposure, and the snob, who smells a best seller, highlights the gaping class divide between them. In Swedish with subtitles.