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Under the Sun (1998)
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Olof lives alone on his family's farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, ... See full summary »

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Olof
Helena Bergström ...
Ellen Lind
Johan Widerberg ...
Erik Jonsson
Gunilla Röör ...
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Jonas Falk ...
Preacher
Linda Ulvaeus ...
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Bergljót Arnadóttir ...
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Per Sandberg ...
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Olof lives alone on his family's farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, Erik brags of having known hundreds of women. Out of the blue, Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper, and Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house and, as the summer goes on, Olof's heart and Erik's desire as well. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Årets stora julfilm!

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25 December 1998 (Sweden)  »

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Bajo el sol  »

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$5,954 (USA) (10 August 2001)

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$266,519 (USA) (18 January 2002)
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Wonderful romantic movie
19 July 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie recently, as I was looking for a new taste of movies outside the French, Spanish, Italian or German ones. I adore European movies very much, and so I deliberately picked it up from the blockbuster store. After watching the brilliant performance of Rolf Lassgård as well as Helena Bergström, I have no doubt that a true romantic movie was nominated for Oscar foreign film category. The camera-work, Celtic music, photography, the location and obviously the acting was simply brilliant. It is really a must see movie and all credits to the director as he has brought up such a nice movie out of a simple story which still possesses the rustiness of a Swedish village. Rarely one can see such a nice romantic presentation of movie based on such a common topic. It could not have been done more better. I am a bit surprised why it was rated "R", there are many Hollywood movies which are much "R" rated and bogus. Isn't a bit of ill-fated skepticism on the Swedish movie? I think it's time to learn for the h'wood "dumbs" how to make romantic movies in a presentable way without explicit scenes and come out of the viscous circle of the sci-fi, thriller, murder, horror plots.

Do watch it if you have not, a must see for your family and it reckons 10/10!!


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