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The Bookseller Gave Up Bathing (1969)

Bokhandlaren som slutade bada (original title)
A sleepy village around 1910. Jacob, the owner of a book store in a small town is a member of a club who baths together every Sunday. He is uninterested in women until Amelie Arbel moves ... See full summary »

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Jacob
Margaretha Krook ...
Amelie Arbel
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Krakow
Ingvar Kjellson ...
Elim Svensson
Nils Eklund ...
Stickselius
Olof Bergström ...
Trolle
Ulla Sjöblom ...
Mrs. Borodin
Göran Stangertz ...
Rikard
Chris Wahlström ...
Sabina
Georg Skarstedt ...
Undertaker
Göthe Grefbo ...
Priest
Hans Strååt ...
Vicar
Rune Stylander ...
Bricklayer
Curt Ericson ...
Painter
Inga-Lill Åhström ...
Cook
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A sleepy village around 1910. Jacob, the owner of a book store in a small town is a member of a club who baths together every Sunday. He is uninterested in women until Amelie Arbel moves into the town. She is both rich and seductive and he marries her. After the marriage he discovers that she can be very troublesome. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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7 April 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Boghandleren som holdt op med at bade  »

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SEK 4,209,000 (Sweden)
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Telling Swedish sad comedy.
18 March 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It's a pity that this unique little film has vanished from wide circulation. It's different to the films that we saw Kulle play leads in (notably the Bergmans) but located in a similarly Scandinavian world

  • here in a lushly coloured period rural setting.




After the galumphing opening, we are surprised to find the notion that God sees humour in tragedy worked out in this bitter sweet manner. The action comes to center on book seller Adwall who looks like his marriage to Krook will be a step towards life enhancement - until her background is revealed.

The film surprises by having the disgusting, comic brother prove more understanding than the sympathetic husband and his learning not even giving him the insight into mirror images which would have made his later life more bearable.

Attractive colour, great age make up.


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