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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
With breath-taking scenery, this film is one of the very best Swedish films ever. Beautiful and true to the history of Christianism in the late 19th century, this piece of art is as much a homage to Selma Lagerlöf as it is to our national heritage. It is also a sad love story, of how religion and fanaticism can destroy families, shatter homes and lay to waste entire towns and villages: the fear of the cruel God.
Ultimately, this film tells us that home is where the heart is, religion or not. It is rather love that is the essence here, whether it be love of God or love of family and the love of home, and it is obvious to me that loneliness is the price Karin has to pay for her fanaticism.
A beautiful film.
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