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The Serpent's Way (1986)

Ormens väg på hälleberget (original title)
A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.

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Stina Ekblad ...
Tea Alexisdotter
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Karl Orsa Markström
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Jani
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Eva (as Pernilla Östergren)
Tomas von Brömssen ...
Jacob
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Johanna
Ernst Günther ...
Ol Karlsa
Birgitta Ulfsson ...
Grandma
Johan Widerberg ...
Jani as a Child
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Eva as a Child
Åsa Karlin ...
Child (as Åsa Göransson)
Michael Kallaanvaara ...
Child
Calle Carlswärd ...
Child (as Carl Carlswärd)
Amelia Glas-Drake ...
Tilda (as Amelia Glas Drake)
Gun Fors ...
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A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.

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25 December 1986 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Weg der Schlange auf dem Felsen  »

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Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Composed by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Pernilla Wahlgren
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Brilliant
8 May 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I can't believe I've waited this long to see "Ormens väg på hälleberget"! I've seen it at the video store for years but I haven't gotten around to renting it until just now when I realized that Stellan Skarsgård was in it. Naturally, I should have rented it a long time ago since the great Bo Widerberg directed it, but well... I rented it now.

I was certainly not disappointed by the film. I thought it was quite brilliant, but it was also a harrowing experience to watch it. Stellan Skarsgård's character Karl Orsa really was a despicable person and the pain he caused Tea and her family -- while telling himself that he was "not a bad person" -- is unbelievable. I have no idea what any reviewers thought when this film was released in Sweden in 1986, but I think it's a very good film, quite brilliant. And the cast is very interesting -- at least if you're Swedish: Stina Ekblad, Stellan Skarsgård, Tomas von Brömssen, Reine Brynolfsson, Pernilla August (then Östergren), Ernst Günther, and Pernilla Wahlgren (yes, it's the Pernilla you think it is) plus Johan Widerberg and Melinda Kinnaman in (very) small parts... all in the same film! It's worth watching it only because of that, but as I said: the film is really good in its own right and I highly recommend it. (8/10)


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