Sven was: a PR-genius with an intelligent, pretty wife and a lovely daughter. Successful, in the know, always at the best parties and generally acknowledged to be a really cool guy. One of the coolest, actually.
Sven is: a wreck of a man. Divorced, depressed, living with his parents and working as a mall mascot in a giant polar bear suit. Someone you would most definitely call a loser.
After a major personal breakdown, Sven is trying to get back on his feet. Struggling to find work, he takes the job as mascot at a brand new, eco-friendly mall, Swedish Homes. An absolute dream of Scandinavian design, Swedish Homes is a retail palace, where all your dreams can come true – and where you can splurge all you want completely free of guilt. Everything is here to make you feel cared for, pampered and happy; the walls are white, the muzak is soothing, the coffee is fair trade, the escalators rise slowly to let you take in the view. Isn’t that lovely, don’t you feel calm and happy, and ready to shop?
Sven, however, soon discovers that behind the scenes the mall is not at all peaceful and serene. The rather frightening security guard, Kevin, stops at nothing when shoplifters are concerned, and Sven is increasingly concerned for Kevin’s mental health and also for the shoplifters. What does Kevin really do to them in the back room where no one else is allowed? When Sven by chance discovers that his long-lost childhood sweetheart Isa is an avid shoplifter with a cause, skulking around the mall on dubious missions, he’s torn between his responsibilities and the urge to help her. But Isa doesn’t think she needs rescuing, and it turns out she has a plan, though it is a rather dangerous one, which will render the mall into a pile of dust.
WASTE is a story of two lost souls, and about how sometimes the easiest way to rescue yourself is to care for the people around you. And that a new pair of trousers just won’t do that for you.