Waitingby the canal, a young cellist meets a junkie, high and drifting. He gives himtwenty krona and they exchange a few words; the encounter is unremarkable. Yetfor the cellist – who grew up a poor immigrant in the outskirts of Malmö, andwho lost friends and family to drug abuse, crime and death – a barrier in hismind has collapsed, and he leaves the canal chased by a creeping floodtide ofmemories, all of which threaten to drag him back to where he came from. Tearingthrough sprawling social housing estates, basement clubs and squatparties, Wretchedness isa tumultuous and raging journey into the underbelly of Europe. With a rhythmic,mesmerising flow, Tichy´ probes the bittersweet pleasures of escaping one’sorigins, and of loving one’s neighbour without question – even when thatneighbour is an addict, a criminal, wretched.