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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 )

Product Details

  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: ScanBox
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5OOZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,780 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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A Swedish Love Story (1970) entirely filmed in the summer of 1969, was the debut full-length film by Roy Andersson who is now internationally known for his surreal and quirky Swedish films he so rarely makes. Before shooting the love story between two teens, Andersson was fascinated by the Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema, which propagated and poked fun of
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 say the least.

Quick synopsis:
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.
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