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Playing Swede (2001)
"Hacerse el sueco" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  12 July 2001 (Germany)
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Masquerading as a Swedish literature professor in Cuba, a thief plots a spectacular jewel heist. He ends up with more than he bargained for when he falls for the daughter of a retired ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Carlos Calero
Ketty de la Iglesia ...
Omar Franco
Enrique Molina ...
María Esther Montelúz ...
(as María E. Montelúz)
Mijail Mulkay
Rolando Núñez
Raul Oropeza
Salvador Palomino
Raúl Pomares
Jorge Ryan
Coralia Veloz ...
Pilar Vior


Masquerading as a Swedish literature professor in Cuba, a thief plots a spectacular jewel heist. He ends up with more than he bargained for when he falls for the daughter of a retired police officer and is practically adopted by her family. Immersed in the colorful sights and sounds of Havana, the seemingly innocent tourist must "play the Swede" and even give an impromptu lecture on Pippi Longstocking before he can commit the near perfect crime. But will his double life cost him the woman he falls in love with? After swiping the treasure, he hurries to the airport to catch a flight out of the country, the former police detective hot on his trail. It's decision time. Which jewel should he choose: the one he's stolen, or the one who's stolen his heart? Written by Anonymous

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A nice and light comedy...
17 March 2002 | by (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.) – See all my reviews

`Hacerse el Sueco' is the story of Bjorn (Peter Lohmeyer), a big German thieve who escapes to Havana, Cuba after being chased by justice authorities in Germany. Over there in Cuba he passes off by a college Sweden Literature professor (supposedly invited by Sweden embassy) to make a literature and social research in that location, just as a cover to safely return to his usual business.

Concha (Coralina Veloz), Alicia (Ketty de la Iglesia) and Amancio (Enrique Molina) is the Cuban family who offers house rental to this stranger who suddenly starts to change the world of these individuals and others involved in a very colorful Cuban neighborhood, a place where all action takes place.

The movie is a good Cuban production that reflects the reality of Cuban society these days with a very effective touch of light comedy and sometimes very ingenuous situations.

All characters perfectly complied with the purposed of the script especially Enrique Molina who gives an excellent, very real comedy performance as a frustrated waived ex-cop who needs more respect from people around his neighborhood.

The vision and narrative of director Daniel Diaz Torres is also quite effective since he based the movie in capting a natural comedy out of a dramatic Cuban reality.

Unfortunately, and this is the low point of the movie, the film took too much of unneeded film time, getting to a point where the resources of comedy, didn't help Diaz Torres that much since they had been repeating a lot specially after the second half of the film.

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