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The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)

Den enfaldige mördaren (original title)
A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sven
Maria Johansson ...
Anna
Hans Alfredson ...
Höglund
Per Myrberg ...
Andersson
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson ...
Mrs. Andersson
Nils Ahlroth ...
Månsson
Lars Amble ...
Bengt
Carl-Åke Eriksson ...
Wallin
Cecilia Walton ...
Vera
Wallis Grahn ...
Mrs. Höglund
Else-Marie Brandt ...
Sven's mother
Gösta Ekman ...
The new driver
Carl Billquist ...
Flodin
Lena Nyman ...
Woman without legs
Björn Andrésen ...
Angel
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Storyline

In the 1930s, the feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he is hired as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an adult. One day he has had enough of Höglund's maltreatment and moves in with Anna's family. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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One of the sources of inspiration for this film came when Hans Alfredsson first heard Verdis "Requiem". He instantly knew that he wanted to use it for a movie. See more »

Quotes

Sven: What is all this supposed to be good for?
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Requiem
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Swedish film at its best
16 April 2000 | by (Motala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

One of the most powerful works of Swedish movie making in the last 20 years. Sven (Stellan Skarsgård, in his break-through role) plays a simple man who is adopted by a cruel landlord. Set in the 30's, this film offers stellar performances by the cast, beautiful cinematography and flawless editing. A must see!


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