Tina (Eva Melander) has grotesque, almost animal-like physical features and has always felt self-conscious about her looks. She gets by but never feels comforable in her life. She works as a customs officer where her ability to smell guilt and fear gives her an edge.
Then one day her abilities are challenged for the first time ever when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her; Tina can sense Vore is hiding something she can’t identify. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him. As Tina develops a special bond with Vore and discovers his true identity, she also realises the truth about herself.
Eva Melander spoke about preparing for the role :
Yes it comprised a lot of physical preparation. I had to gain 18kg. I gained this in two months and a half; it was incredibly tough. I felt bad in my body, depressed, and had difficulty breathing. Thank god I had a fantastic trainer who helped us gain and lose weight. The physical preparation was one thing, but then wearing a silicon mask and trying to express things through the mask was challenging. My character Tina has been treated badly all her life and has learnt to hide her emotions. I had to find deep down in me those suppressed emotions. I discussed my part a lot with Ali [Abbasi, the Director].
Eva Melander won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress for her performance.
Erica Spetzig was the makeup designer.
Göran Lundström (effektstudion) was the makeup & prosthetics designer for Tina & Vore. The on-set prosthetic makeup team was: Pamela Goldammer (supervisor); Pierre Olivier Persin (Popfx); Inga Ross; Rogier Samuels (mimicfx) & Helena Olsson.
Göran Lundström & Pamela Goldammer were nominated for the Oscar for Best Makeup; Göran Lundström, Pamela Goldammer & Erica Spetzig won the Guldbagge Award for Best Makeup.