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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thommy Berggren ...
Giliap
Mona Seilitz ...
Anna
Willie Andréason ...
Gustav Svensson, "Greven"
Lars-Levi Læstadius ...
Kreip
Henry Olhans ...
The Vulture, "Gamen"
Rainer Mieth ...
Fat Chef
Julie Bernby ...
Singer
Arne Leif Nielsen ...
Simonsson
Raymond Johansson ...
Gunman
Sven Sparr ...
Old Man
Irma Attermark ...
Cashier
Ingvar Lagergren ...
Punk
Lars Lennartsson ...
Bartender
Lennart Pilotti ...
Unwanted Guest
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Girl at Summer Hotel (as Pernilla Wallgren)
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In a minor town the morose manager is primarily responsible for the bad atmosphere of a restaurant. But central for the plot are three persons: a male waiter who is never named (here called W), the female waiter Anna, and "the count", a self-invented nickname by a man cleaning plates. The count is skilled in making others do what he wants. Half a dozen of the personnel assist in a poorly planned and failed attempt to liberate a man whom the police move from one arrest to another. The event involves stealing a motorcycle and threatening policemen with a gun. Anna strongly tries to make contact with W. Finally it turns out that she need his help to break her sexual relation to the count, a relation that from her part is not motivated by positive feelings. W rejects her attempts. And then Anna has suddenly gone. She has got a pleasant job in another town. And then W's feelings awaken. He follows her. During one or two days really great and reciprocal love and happiness emerge. On the ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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16 November 1975 (Sweden)  »

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Гилиап  »

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SEK 4,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was razed to the ground by most Swedish critics when released in 1975, and Roy Andersson would not be doing another full-length movie for twenty-five years. Over time though, it has become a cult film and easier to appreciate. See more »

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Referenced in Sixten (1994) See more »

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Magical
23 February 2009 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I remember how this film feels - vividly. I watched it at age 14 or 15 and was completely overwhelmed by it. Slowmoving, yes, magisterial, but brimming with sensibility and content. After being condemned to the periphery of the film industry after the commercial failure of 'Giliap', director Andersson had a belated and very much deserved international comeback with 'Songs from the Second Floor' and 'You the Living'.

Since then 'Giliap' is among a handful of films that I have been clamoring for on DVD, alongside Resnais' 'Providence', Stroheim's 'Greed', the original 'Island of Lost Souls' etc. etc. And alongside the great masterworks of Swedish director Bo Widerberg. So far, no luck ... Please, give us 'Giliap' on DVD, it remains - I sincerely believe - among the most magical of European films.


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