The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
"Den enfaldige mördaren" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  September 1985 (USA)
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A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.



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


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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SEK 9,731,249 (Sweden)

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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 »


Bengt: I can't drive. But Sven can drive!
Höglund: [to Sven] Can you drive the car?
Sven: I don't have a license.
Höglund: I didn't ask if you've got a license. I asked if you could drive the car!
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Stellan's tour de force
1 November 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is indeed Stellan Skarsgård's tour de force, playing Sven the fool. Playing a mentally disabled person is a challenge but Skarsgård manages it with grace, like Leonardo di Caprio in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. The movie actually offers quite a few wonderful characterizations from some of the supporting actors as well, like Per Myrberg as the good-hearted farmer, Lars Amble as Bengt the driver or Carl Billquist as the maitre d'. The award for Best Swedish movie of the year was quite well deserved.

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