Film / Illusive Tracks

Illusive Tracks (original: Skenbart – en film om tåg; German: Verschwörung im Berlin-Express) is a Swedish comedy/thriller from 2003. On Christmas 1945, shortly after the end of World War 2, the idealist Gunnar decides to quit his job as a lector at a publishing house to leave for Berlin and help with rebuilding the city. So he takes the train from Stockholm to Berlin, together with several... eccentric people, and a Catholic guy who wants to kill his wife so he can marry his mistress. Hilarity Ensues.


  • The Pollyanna: The soldier who doesn't seem to mind that he's mutilated repeatedly and set on flame by Gunnar.
  • Santa Claus: One man is playing him. Later, he gets knocked out by the killer wannabe, who needs his costume.
  • Straight Gay: Sixten claims he only sleeps with men because he hates women. He's really a nice guy.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Many. Gunnar gave the chocolate and oranges to the Baltic refugees because of pity. Unfortunately he didn't know / consider that you shouldn't give rich food to starved people.
  • Where Are They Now: The protagonist is still a prisoner in East Germany in 1961, having to help them building the Berlin Wall. (Maybe that's the reason it only lasted 28 years.)
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Gunnar. Unfortunately the story is a Black Comedy.

Alternative Title(s): Skenbart En Film Om Tag