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A Swedish Love Story (En Kärlekshistoria) [Region 2] (1970)

Ann-Sofie Kylin , Rolf Sohlman , Roy Andersson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom, Bertil Norström, Lennart Tellfeldt
  • Directors: Roy Andersson
  • Producers: A Swedish Love Story ( En Kärlekshistoria ), A Swedish Love Story, En Kärlekshistoria
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ScanBox
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5OOZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Sweden released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Swedish ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Andersson's feature film debut is a sunny, optimistic work that has drawn comparison to early films by Ingmar Bergman. Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love in beautiful surroundings during the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu, expecting little from the adults around them. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...A Swedish Love Story ( En Kärlekshistoria )

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film about first love November 19, 2010
One of the most realistic portraits of teen-age love I've ever seen.
Sensual, sad, and funny. Two terrific lead performances. Very different
from Andersson's later, much more surreal films. This is grounded in an
amazingly universal reality.

The only weak spot is how the secondary stories of the grown ups around
them take over the last third of the film. These are interesting and
entertaining characters, but it's a bit like 'Romeo and Juliet'
suddenly became about Friar Tuck. Andersson is exploring
class and politics in Sweden, and the point is to set the kids'
innocence against that. But I still feel it's a bit unbalanced.

But all that aside, this is a film I love for the way it captures that
moment where love becomes something real, not just an idea,
and sensuality becomes a part of your life. It's ironic that it's called
'A Swedish Love Story', because - aside from a few cultural markers -
this could be anywhere.

It's a shame that this lovely, gentle film never got a decent US DVD
release, and even the region 2 version is hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little film from the 1970's February 15, 2012
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This is a great little Swedish film released in 1970 but looks like it was filmed yesterday. Others will comment on the portrayal of Sweden and the angst of the adult characters. I love the simple emerging love story between two great kids. In the midst of very ordinary lives with somewhat dysfunctional families, two kids meet and fall in love. A simple old fashioned love story with two actors who were born for these roles. If you are a romantic and still believe in true love in a jaded world, you will love this movie. Just took me 42 years to catch up with this classic.
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En kärlekshistoria (A Love Story) is very much better than anything I have read about it would lead me to expect, and the reason it is so much better is something many who otherwise love the movie criticize it for: that it is NOT just a love story. It is NOT just about the two ethereally innocent and lovely pubescent lovers but about the ugly adults who surround them.

If this movie HAD been only about Pär and Annika, it would indeed have been an extraordinary and breathtakingly beautiful love story, and it would have fulfilled the promise of its title and the hopes of very many viewers. But it is a Roy Andersson movie, and even as a fresh-out-of-school twenty-something making his very first feature-length movie, his genius for cutting through illusion to the hardness under the surface of life was fully in evidence.

Those who see En kärlekshistoria as being radically different from his recent movies - Songs from the Second Floor and You the Living - and even from the grossly under-appreciated Giliap, made only a few years after En kärlekshistoria, are wearing blinders, choosing to see only the loveliness on its surface and denying the hard reality under and all around the loveliness.

ALL of Andersson's movies are like this one. ALL of them are beautiful on one level and devastatingly harsh on another. That is what makes him such an extraordinary movie-maker and his movies so extraordinarily rewarding to watch. Without the hardness under the surface, the beauty on the surface would be empty and of only minimal, temporary value.
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