A Swedish Love Story (En Kärlekshistoria) [Region 2]
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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.
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.Read more ›
absurdities of everyday life. A Swedish Love Story is a film similar in many aspects to films such as: Blue Lagoon (1980), Pauline on the
Beach (1983), and Love Story (1970). However, this film is not only about the love between two young people. To that innocent first love, Andersson adds the world of adults...a world that is full of hatred, envy, personal problems, loneliness, emotional pain, drama, etc. Andresson masterfully captures two young people falling for each other while being surrounded by jealous friends and occupied with their
own problems parents who at first think nothing of the growing love between the two youngsters. The last 15 minutes of the film are really
absurd and the film becomes very reminiscent of the Czechoslovakian films made in the 1960's. I did not like the ending, but I guess there is a message there...those last 15 minutes do serve some sort of purpose...to say the least.
Fifteen year old Par while visiting his grandfather at a sanatorium sees a beautiful young girl who is also visiting one of her ill stricken relatives with her entire family. The beautiful young girl is a fourteen year old Annika, who is paying a visit to her aunt who has suffered from a mental breakdown caused by a love affair gone wrong (inferred). Annika quickly catches Par looking at her, and she too becomes
interested in the boy.Read more ›
Ambiance is where this film shines. It creates beautiful moods. It shares feelings in an empathetic way to the characters. You could even say that the ambiance alone makes the movie memorable and worth seeing multiple times. Suspend your cynicism, and just allow yourself to be 14 and feel what a 14 year old feels. This film works at that level of pure emotion better than almost any similar themed film I have ever seen. As one example, the opening scene where Annika and Par first notice each other while standing together in a line looks like each of them feels love at first site, and as a viewer of that moment I believe that emotion was present in each of them. I cannot remember seeing a movie that caught that moment in such an authentic way. Another highlight is when the two young lovers slow dance on top of a bed, each of them lost in happiness. These are remarkably genuine moments that you rarely see in films.
Where this movie does not do as well is in the power of its story telling. This film spends a lot of time interacting with the adults in Annika and Par's families. The adults in this film are jaded.Read more ›
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It is a fabulous rendition of the sheer innocence of youth in sharp contrast with the harsh realities in the adult world. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Reminiscence
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. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Thormohlen