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"Philosophical, poetic and educational..."
10 July 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Swedish screenwriter, film editor, cinematographer, producer and director Jan Troell's debut documentary feature which he wrote, premiered in Sweden, was screened in the Forum section at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-West Germany co-production which was produced by Swedish screenwriter and producer Göran Setterberg. It tells the story about a Northern European country called the Kingdom of Sweden.

Distinctly and finely directed by Scandinavian filmmaker Jan Troell, this quietly paced documentary feature which is narrated by Jan Troell and from multiple viewpoints, draws an intimate portrayal of what it was like for people to live in Sweden during the early and late 1980s and how they regarded their country. While notable for it's distinct and naturalistic milieu depictions and the sterling cinematography by Jan Troell, this comprehensive and interview-driven examination of the land of tales where a student named Dorte who writes poetry, a musician named Timo who dreams of becoming a rock star, former Prime Ministers of Sweden Tage Erlander and Ingvar Carlsson, a social democrat, land workers, a pensioner and an artist are amongst the many involving and at times personal interviewees, looks with concerned eyes at the development and the future of the filmmaker's homeland and contains a great score by composer Tom Wolgers.

This political, sociological, environmental, generational, conversational, at times humorous and modestly autobiographical documentary feature which is set in various places in Sweden in the years 1983-1987, is impelled and reinforced by it's fragmented narrative structure, cinematographic and lyrical moments and the prominent presence of American existentialist psychologist Rollo May (1909-1984). A philosophical, poetic and educational journey through Swedish society in the late 20th century.


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