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Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She... See full summary »

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Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She accepts the fact that her father has arranged for her to marry the son of another landowner. Kristin's beauty and purity create violent emotions around her. There are envy and attempted rape, murder and revenge. She seeks refuge from the world in a convent, awaiting the time for her marriage. Here the passion of her life strikes, the knight Erlend Nikulaussonn. He, an accomplished seducer, also falls hopelessly in love. They have to cross not only convent walls to meet, but social boundaries as well. Their love cannot be kept secret, and suddenly the innocent Kristin is the centre of a scandal. Her fiance withdraws from their engagement, her father rages, and Erlend's former mistress tries to poison her. The affair grows into a political issue, and finally some of the country's most dignified ... Written by The Norwegian Film Institute

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The Norwegian entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996. See more »

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Marvellous adaption of the first book
24 December 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I really like this film more each time I view it.

One of the rare films I know which takes their time to tell the story ... NO MTV-cut-style-frantic-cutting but lovingly dwelling on faces, persons, landscape etc.

Yes, maybe some of the costumes aren't 100% correct, maybe some parts of the soundtrack do irritate with their loudness, but that to me are minor flaws!

I really think they captured the "big picture" of Kristin's early life and her getting to know Erlend Nikulausson perfectly - in tone at least, even if some smaller episodes of course are missing from the film. And even the odd additions here and there I think do make sense in the context of the film!

I just hope there WILL someday be someone who with equal skill and pacing takes the other two novels to the silver screen too!

In short: one of my favorite films right now!


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