During a strike strike-breakers are being transported to Lunde, where they are assaulted by the strikers. The military are sent in. On the 14th May 1931 there is a confrontation between ... See full summary »
Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is ... See full summary »
Tomas von Brömssen
Following his manifesto for a new Swedish cinema, director Widerburg started his career with this realist tale of young woman, Britt, who has two flings, but finds herself with difficult decisions when she finds herself pregnant.
Six year old Johan, a.k.a. Fimpen, loves football. One day his talents are discovered. It doesn't take long before Fimpen gets to travel around with the national team. Fimpen becomes an ... See full summary »
The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, ... See full summary »
In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were... See full summary »
Tomas von Brömssen,
'Kärlek 65' ('Love 65' in English) is one of my favourite films. It may unfortunately be somewhat difficult to find in the US but I think that there is a version with English subtitles to be found in the UK.
This film is by Bo Widerberg, who is best known outside of Sweden for 'Elvira Madigan'. Love 65 is a far better film and is in my opinion easily the best film Widerberg made.
Love 65 is basically about a film director (and his family and friends)played by Keve Hjälm who is working on his latest film but seems to be finding it hard to concentrate on making movies and apart from a brief shooting scene we mostly get to see other aspects of his life: in Stockholm, at his country cottage by the sea, an extra-marital affair, and so on. He likes to fly kites and there are several scenes of kite-flying in the movie, one of them with Ben Carruthers who has come to Sweden to be in Keve's film. This is the actor who was in Cassevetes' Shadows.
There are many very lyrical scenes in the film, aided by music from Vivaldi and others.
The film is both naturalistic and imaginative. All the characters have their own names: that is: the actors' own names: so the character played by Keve is also called Keve, and so on.
I have always loved this film from the first time I saw it (on Swedish TV in 1982) and I have a VHS copy. I am planning to get it on DVD too some time. Thoroughly recommended!
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