Mia, who's living in Stockholm, comes home to her small childhood town to celebrate her father's birthday. There she finds herself looked down-upon by her oldest sister; and she has to ... See full summary »
A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Michael J. Bassett
Max von Sydow,
The Knight Arn is sent on a last mission against Saladin. He has to win this battle, before he can go home to Sweden, and finally marry his Cecilia and start a family. But the peace back home is threatened by the Danes.
Swedish Public Service (SVT) withdrew support from the project only months before its release, citing lack of quality and unsatisfying amount of material as main reasons. The studio (SF) instead claimed the disagreement was due to budget concerns. Rival broadcaster TV4 stepped in as co-financier. See more »
Arn's trial by the archbishop is highly anachronistic in many ways. First, the church did not have any say in matters of marriage at the time the events are supposed to happen. Such were a completely private matter between the families involved until at least early renaissance. A daughter becoming pregnant outside of marriage would be the subject of her father's wrath rather than that of the church. Second, a bishop passing sentence like that would be a political matter which would not go without debate as to whether it was under the jurisdiction of the church at all. Being a noble, Arn would be the subject of judgment by peers. Third, the sentence in itself is absurd, as the knights templar were not in any way under the command of the church (nor was its members subject to mundane law). The organization was not aimed at harboring a condemned criminal, on the contrary, joining the order would require donations, arms, servants and the trust of its other members (and a solemn ceremony and vow). Fourth, the cloister where Cecilia is ushered to has a lot more in common with 20th century orphanages than with any medieval monastery. Sending a girl into a monastic order would be the decision of the family, not a sentence made by a bishop. Fifth, with most of the members of monastic orders being either people joining voluntarily out of a spiritual call or nobles sent there by their family for education, physical punishment would not be issued as depicted. See more »
I don't understand. For killing two men I am set free, but for loving I am punished?
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I must admit I am pleasantly surprised by this project. The scope of the story and the cinematic achievement were quite good. It's true, the story had some holes, big holes in it, but considering the time of the story it covered and the multitude of sub-plots I think they made quite a good job at it. Take into account that the story starts somewhere in rural Gothland, a kingdom before the formation of Sweden, then stretches for many years.. and distance, all the way to the Holy Land and the fall of Jerusalem. It is a story about the coming of age of a true knight, his unfortunate love story, sibling betrayal and it's consequences, military rivalry among those who should be united and an unexpected friendship with an honorable enemy. I was also pleased with some of the acting (good on the part of Joakim Nätterqvist, good enough for Sofia Helin) although I cannot understand the choice of an actress that looks much older than her characters' love interest. But the fight scenes where decent enough, the battles were made to look quite realistic, even though you can tell there probably weren't enough money for lots of extras to have. What I did not like at all was how much religion was added, but, I guess it all adds to the flavor of the times, supposedly. All in all, a movie I would recommend for anyone who likes historical films and.. Swedish cinema.
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