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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Fjeldstad ...
King of the Winterland
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Princess
Tobias Hoesl ...
King Valemon
Monica Nordquist ...
King Valemon's Mother
Anna-Lotta Larsson ...
Witch
Jon Laxdal ...
Helper
Helge Jordal ...
Devil
Marika Enstad ...
Oldest Princess
Kristin Mack ...
Middle Princess
Rüdiger Kuhlbrodt ...
Merchant
Ulrich Faulhaber ...
Merchant
Bengt Ellis ...
Stable Master
Karen Randers-Pehrson ...
Midwife
Karen Høie ...
Midwife's Assistant
Siw Anita Andersen ...
Jordemorassistent (as Siw A. Andersen)
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After his father is killed, King Valemon ascends the throne, only to be turned into a polar bear by a bitter witch who wants to be his queen. Valemon must find a bride in the seven year span that he'll be a polar bear, and so he travels to Winterland and finds a wife to take home. Although they are happy, she is not allowed to look upon his face when he turns back into a man at night. When she breaks this rule, Valemon will be trapped to the witch forever. Written by maybaretta

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An Enchanting Beauty. A Princely Beast. An Epic Tale.


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28 November 1991 (Germany)  »

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The story of the king coming to his bride at night so she cannot see him, and her sisters convincing her to use a lantern to see him (which has negative consequences), is based of the Greek story of god Eros (Cupid) and his bride Psyche, which was also the basis for Beauty and the Beast. See more »

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Princess: I must go with the bear.
King of the winterland: Damn that bear.
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A visual representation of a classic story.
26 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie. Though I have to say the bear? A little cheesy.

But in regards to how it's acted and how the story flows I find it completely loyal to the fairytale/folktale genre. I obsessively collect and read folktales and one thing that characterizes them is that there is very little superfluous information, like the movie they are just bare bones.

I first saw this movie when I was younger, and now as an adult I have to say I'm impressed with the fact that it retains it's integrity and stays true to the genre of folktales. The movie is really someone sitting around and telling you a story. There just happens to be people acting it out at the same time.

Visually it's gorgeous and if you really love folk or fairy tales I can guarantee you'll love this movie.


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