I have recently seen this at a museum showing of the film. It is a very well made adaptation of the famous Astrid Lindgren book, Madicken.
The movie itself is very episodic. There is no real plot as the story really just follows Madicken, a 7-9 year old girl, and her various adventures in the small village where she lives.
It appears as if the film was originally filmed as a TV series and this film, is just a series of TV episodes edited together to form a complete film. The story is very engaging, as it addresses issues of class, alcoholism, and poverty in a manner that is appropriate for young children. Madicken, herself, is much more of a sweetheart in the movie than in the book, where she is a bit of a troublemaker.
All aspects of the production are very expertly done. The costumes are extremely authentic looking and beautifully crafted. It is filmed on location in a real Swedish village, so the production feels extremely authentic.
While it isn't the most serious film ever. The high quality of its content makes this a very worthwhile film to track down for anyone curious in seeing a snapshot of traditional Swedish life in the countryside.
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