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7 April 1969 (Sweden) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Allan Edwall ... Jacob

Margaretha Krook ... Amelie Arbel

Jarl Kulle ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritiof Billquist ... Grelin, carpenter
Gunnar 'Knas' Lindkvist ... Brewer
Ellika Mann ... Hilda Krakow
Eva Persson ... Elvira
Ulf Tistam ... Theology student
Inger Öjebro ... The miller's redhaired maid

Directed by
Jarl Kulle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jarl Kulle  writer
Fritiof Nilsson Piraten  story

Produced by
Göran Lindgren .... producer
Original Music by
Ulf Björlin 
Cinematography by
Rune Ericson 
Film Editing by
Carl-Olov Skeppstedt 
Production Design by
Bibi Lindström 
Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson 
Makeup Department
Tina Johansson .... makeup artist
Bengt Ottekil .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bo Jonsson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tomas Pontén .... assistant director
Art Department
Stig Boqvist .... property master
Charles Delattre .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Olle Jacobsson .... sound mixer
Ulf Nordholm .... sound effects
Tage Sjöberg .... sound (as Tage Sjöborg)
Owe Svensson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Per-Olow Andersson .... still photographer (as Per-Olow)
Svend Bregenborg .... lighting technician
Peter Fischer .... assistant camera
Björn Thermænius .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cristina Björk .... costume assistant
Location Management
Britt Ohlsson .... location manager
Other crew
Göran Gunér .... production assistant
Marianne Johnson .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Bokhandlaren som slutade bada" - Sweden (original title)
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99 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Telling Swedish sad comedy., 18 March 2009
Author: Mozjoukine ( from Australia

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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