Pelle the Conqueror
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**ACADEMY AWARD AND GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM**
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year.
Bonus Feature: Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie.
Package includes: Collector's Booklet with film essay by academic/film critic, Terrence Rafferty; cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.
WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards
NOMINATED - Best Actor in a Leading Role - Academy Awards
WINNER - Palme d'Or - Cannes Film Festival
WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes
WINNER - Best Actor - European Film Awards
WINNER - Best Young Actor - European Film Awards ---
In Bille August's Pelle the Conqueror, Max von Sydow is so astoundingly evocative that he makes your bones ache. --Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
The von Sydow performance is in a category by itself. It is another highlight in an already extraordinary career, and quite unlike anything that American audiences have seen him do to date. - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
[T]he film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten. --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
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The film itself is overlong, and a bit too crowded with sub-plots that
don't get developed enough.
On the other hand, the intricate, specific details of the sad, Dickensian
world of this Danish farm in the late 19th century feel real, harsh, and
The young boy playing Pelle is good, but not as great as the role calls for.
But Von Sydow is so subtle, so heartbreaking, so complex that he almost
lifts this into 'great film' territory just by himself.
In the end, Pelle demonstates his strength beyond most adult men.
This movie is directed and produced so clearly and accurately that it draws you into the the harsh, physically filthy and emotionally draining life on the farm. Since it is filmed over the course of about one year, you need not doubt that the georgous scenery is real. The blizzard, the ice, and the fields are real. In fact, Pelle Hvenegaard was named 12 years before the production after Pelle from the novel. Pelle is an uncommon Swedish name. His acting was so good that one forgets this was a movie.
The ending put me in tears. Although it was somewhat predictable, it still packed an emotional punch. It took my breath away.
I can recommend this Academy Award winning movie to anyone.
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but for this DVD, it is a pity that instead of English subtitle, it is dubbed with spoken English.