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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
"Fanny och Alexander" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  17 December 1982 (Sweden)
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Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristina Adolphson ...
Siri - Ekdahlska huset
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Carl Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Pernilla Allwin ...
Fanny Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Kristian Almgren ...
Putte Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Carl Billquist ...
Police Superintendent Jespersson - Ekdahlska huset
Axel Düberg ...
Witness to Bishop's Death - Ekdahlska huset
Allan Edwall ...
Oscar Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Siv Ericks ...
Alida - Ekdahlska huset
Ewa Fröling ...
Emilie Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Patricia Gélin ...
Statue - Ekdahlska huset (as Patricia Gelin)
Majlis Granlund ...
Miss Vega - Ekdahlska huset
Maria Granlund ...
Petra Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Bertil Guve ...
Alexander Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Eva von Hanno ...
Berta - Ekdahlska huset
Sonya Hedenbratt ...
Aunt Emma - Ekdahlska huset


It's the early twentieth century Sweden. Adolescent siblings Alexander and Fanny Ekdahl lead a relatively joyous and exuberant life with their well-off extended paternal family, led by the family matriarch, their grandmother, Helena Ekdahl. The openness of the family culture is exemplified by Helena's now deceased husband ending up becoming best friends with one of her lovers, a Jewish puppet maker named Isak Jacobi, and their Uncle Gustav Adolf's open liaison with one of the family maids, Maj, who everyone in the family adores, even Gustav Adolf's wife, Alma. Between the siblings, Alexander in particular has inherited the family's love of storytelling, his parents and his grandmother who are actors and who manage their own theater. Things change for Alexander and Fanny when their father, Oscar, dies shortly after Christmas 1907. Although she truly does believe she loves him, the children's mother, Emilie, decides to marry Bishop Edvard Vergérus, who she first met as the officiate at ... Written by Huggo

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SEK 21,041,492 (Sweden)

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Liv Ullmann was originally offered the role of Emilie Ekdahl (played by Ewa Fröling) but turned it down. Ingmar Bergman was very upset and told Ullmann that she'd "lost her birthright". See more »


Among the Christmas decorations in the Ekdahl house, there is a garland of miniature flags of Scandinavian countries, including the Finnish flag. The Finnish flag was in fact only designed and adopted after Finnish independence in 1917, a decade after the events of the film. See more »


Ekdahlska huset - Gustav Adolf Ekdahl: The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. Evil breaks its chains and runs through the world like a mad dog.
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Absolutely Awe-Inspiring
14 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You could call this my opinion of Bergman's Fanny and Alexander...as opposed to a review. I really don't feel the need in describing or summarizing this film. Any review, as I see it, would be pointless. Words just can't convey what makes a truly great movie as good as it is. The best "review" I could give Fanny and Alexander is to just see the damned thing. If you can't sit through it, so be it. But, those who are willing to give it their attention, I promise, will be rewarded continuously through the film's duration. Anyone who sits through the entire film, especially the full-length version, I think, will find it difficult to say that they were bored. More than likely, they will find it easy to say, "That was a damned good movie." I, myself, was surprised. Previous to seeing F&A, I had never seen a film quite this long. I'm glad I did. I'll also throw this in: most film buffs, I think it's safe to say, will always consider Bergman to be the master of gloom. This may be true, but I think Fanny and Alexander proves beyond any doubt that his ability to express the joy that exists in life is every bit as great, and truly refreshing.

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