The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ... See full summary »
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The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a follower of the new Christian belief. The new priest is very mesmerizing and he wants his followers to emigrate with him to Palestine. Ingmar's sister decides to follow him and sells the home which has been the family's for centuries. The only way for Ingmar to save it is to marry the daughter of the man who buys it, Barbro. With Ingmar married to another, Gertrud cannot stay and follows the others to Palestine. However, Ingmar does not love Barbro. He is still in love with Gertrud and eventually follows her. Written by
Billie August offers a compelling visualization of Selma Lagerlöf's novel "Jerusalem." The narrative evokes the evangelical millennialism that in 1896 compelled Swedes from the village of Nas to leave their families and their land for Ottoman Jerusalem to await the second coming of Jesus. The austere and beautiful cold of Sweden contrasts to the austere and beautiful heat of Jerusalem; the stoicism demanded by the weather in the north is tested by the violence of disease, aridity and social ostracism in the south. These two disparate sites frame the love story of the protagonists, Gertrude (Maria Bonnevie) and Ingmar (Ulf Friberg), whose devotion to one another transcends conventional romance. The characters are complex. Their distinct weaknesses (Gertrude's febrile and pious imagination and Ingmar's passion for his land) thicken their mutual strengthsunselfish empathy and candid honesty. The villain in the piece is Hellgum (Sven-Bertil Taube), the born-again evangelical preacher who returns to his Swedish homeland from America as a dark shadow praying upon rifts in the religious fabric of the community. Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. "Jerusalem," published in Sweden in 1901, depicted recent events with resonant sympathy. Billie August has succeeded in recovering that same compassion in his rendering of a now remote historical moment. Nevertheless, Hellgum's evangelical megalomania and the Holy City's violence so powerfully described in the film seem all too contemporary. Unfortunately, the simple human goodness also so powerfully represented in "Jerusalem" now seems quaintly out-of-date.
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