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Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)

Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (original title)
In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family ... See full summary »

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Natalie Minnevik ...
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Tora Holm
Marjaana Maijala ...
Marta
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Einar Björk
Tind Soneby ...
Irma
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Doctor
Jarl Lindblad ...
Veikko Niemi
Sara Arnia ...
Sara
Peter Rogers ...
Anton
Carolina Berggren ...
Anna
Amanda Andersson ...
Kerttu
Zorro Svärdendahl ...
Isak
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In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family belongs to Finnish-speaking Finns frowned upon by a staunch schoolmistress who starts hounding Elina for questioning her authority. Elina's mother, sister, and a liberal young male teacher all try to mediate the ensuing battle of wills between Elina and Miss Holm. Elina finds consolation in wandering out on the dangerous marshlands to have imaginary conversations with her dead father. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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31 January 2003 (Sweden)  »

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SEK 15,450,000 (estimated)
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The film was chosen as the Finnish candidate for the foreign Oscar award, but it was unable to compete for the Finnish Jussi awards, because it was determined to be more Swedish than Finnish film (52% vs. 48%). See more »

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A well-told story about problems for a minority group in a society.
15 February 2003 | by (Göteborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie at the Berlin film festival 2003 where it was awarded the Glass Bear (The prize of the children's jury). It is a well-told story about the problems experienced by a minority group in the society. In this case the finnish-speaking minority in Sweden in the beginning of the 1950's. The film makes it easy to understand the problems that can occur for such a minority group in an intolerant society. I believe this may be applicable for minority groups in many places of the world and thus it is possible for people around the world to recognize the situation. This is the debut for the director Klaus Härö in a full-length movie and I think he has succeeded well.


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