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Light hearted about the rights of the oppressed.
Fredrik Josefsson from Sweden
26 January 2005
I will write this for any English speaking person.
The movie is a light-hearted comedy called "En karl i köket". This
means "A Man in the Kitchen". The plot is about the man Olle Larsson,
who has previously worked as a butler, and now wants to buy a hotel.
For this he needed 50.000 Swedish Kronor, an amount he has borrowed
from an old rich man. But the rich man died, and the note of debt was
taken over by an anonymous person who now wants the loan back in eight
days. Thereby Olle will not be able to buy the hotel.
Olle smells something fishy. The lawyer (Arwid Stenmark) who represents
the anonymous debt note owner, has personal gains from not allowing
Olle to buy the hotel, and Olle suspects that it is in fact the lawyer
himself who owns the note. This lawyer is a very mean and shrewd
business man. Olle meets the daughter of the lawyer (Karin), who is a
very nice girl, and she tells him that she will inquire her father
about who owns the note of debt.
At the lawyers house, a new maid is needed. Olle visits the mother of
the house, and she agrees, somewhat reluctantly, to hire Olle as a
Kitchen Help, despite that he is male. The lawyer himself (who is the
father of the house) does not know about it! Olle does a fabulous job
at housekeeping. He looks after the children Karin and her brother, and
cooks good meals, and plays bridge. When the father (the lawyer) gets
home, he surely does not find it amusing to see Olle working in his
home! Olle, I'd say, is less than disrespectful towards the lawyer,
none the less one of his employers.
Now, dear foreign people, I'd like to explain why you might find this
film interesting. If you are interested in Swedish culture from this
time, here is a good example of constant family feuds in the middle
class home. The acting in these scenes are very good, maybe because all
the actors had an experience with it.
Number two: we see the worker's demand to set things straight with the
unfair oppressor, the morally corrupt employer. It seems that Olle is
justified to do what he likes against the lawyer, since the lawyer is
such a bad person. The Social Democratic Party has traditionally been
very strong in Sweden, maybe that is the reason.
As I said, the acting is good in most parts and the film is
intelligently directed and edited. It is also funny. I did however
notice that the characters were not consistent in their behaviors,
which must be attributed to a somewhat sloppy screen writer. I give the
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