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

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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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  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5OOZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on November 19, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on July 28, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PoetryDude66 on March 2, 2015
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This is a wonderful film about the innocence of youth and the pureness of love that is only possible when you are untainted by failed dreams or the harshness of the real world. This film excels at showing the attraction and feeling between two young lovers - Annika and Par - who engage in awkward courtship rituals, then fall head over heels in fascination and longing for each other. Their love seems true and pure and sincere, and the acting, screenplay, and filming all create a truly magical ambiance here, and you just *feel* the emotions that these two 14 year olds feel.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thormohlen on 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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