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The Emigrants (1971)

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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

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Eddie Axberg ...
Sven-Olof Bern ...
Nils (as Svenolof Bern)
Aina Alfredsson ...
Märta
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Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ...
Ulrika
Pierre Lindstedt ...
Arvid
Hans Alfredson ...
Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje ...
Inga-Lena, Danjels hustru
Eva-Lena Zetterlund ...
Elin, Ulrikas dotter
Gustaf Färingborg ...
Prosten Brusander
Åke Fridell ...
Aron på Nybacken
Agneta Prytz ...
Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ...
Anders Månsson, hennes son
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests makes it tough. One of their children even starve to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planing the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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a new land...a new hope...a new dream

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The actresses playing Ulrika and Elin, Ulrika's daughter, were also mother and daughter in real life. See more »

Goofs

On the train west a character shows an American silver coin and yells out it has "In God We Trust" on it. The scene is the 1850s and the motto was not added to American silver coins until 1867. See more »

Quotes

Kristina: I am so tired, Karl Oskar... I cannot bear anymore.
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Featured in Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv (1997) See more »

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Let the Emigrants in
22 November 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the few foreign language films to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (it didn't win, of course), The Emigrants tells the story of the hardships a family faces in a rural county of Sweden, causing them to look to America as a refuge. What's interesting about The Emigrants is that the film is Swedish- you wouldn't necessarily expect the Swedes to make a film about how awful Sweden is and how great the United States is. But, using a realistic and not melodramatic approach, the film lets us know what the family is struggling with and allows us to understand them.

The characters, played by Ingmar Bergman regulars Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann and Allan Edwall, face poor harvests, starvation, poverty, religious persecution and even false rumours of bestiality. They look to the US as a place where a farmer can become rich, with even American slavery looking better than their previous situation. Getting to North America, however, will take a rough voyage in which our heroes will face disease, lice and death, and come into psychological conflict with each other. This makes for a strong drama.

Surely one of the best foreign films of the 1970s and a great addition to the strong cinematic year 1971, The Emigrants is an understated but still compelling film, and I look forward to The Criterion Collection's restoration.


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