Norwegian siblings Kari and May receive a sign from above during an apartment viewing and decide to buy the place. The miracle continues when they meet the seller, who bears a striking resemblance to their older sister, who died 30 years ago by her own hand. Stranger still, the seller and their sister share the same name and, according to some documents, even the same birthday.
The siblings call on director Maria Fredriksson to document the Gullspång miracle. Is their older sister really dead, does she have a doppelganger, or have Kari and May found a relative they did not know about? As Fredriksson delves deeper into the story, what was supposed to be a feel-good documentary takes one strange turn after the other, including Nazis, embezzlement, life insurance policies and DNA tests.
Is blood really thicker than water? Each person deals in their own way with the revelations that bring into question their sense of self and their background. How can one handle the insecurity and conflicting clues, when their relatives have taken their secrets to the grave? What to believe in, god, medicine, genealogy, the police, or one’s own intuition?
The events of The Gullspång Miracle are extraordinary, but the questions they bring up about identity are universal.
Laura Manninen (translated by Mira Sairanen)
Director Maria Fredriksson is present in the screening of her film The Gullspång Miracle on Sat, Feb 3.