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Only a Mother (1949)

Bara en mor (original title)
About serf wife Maria, called Rya-Rya, her life from a young beautiful girl with dreams of love to a worn-out mother, who only lives for her children.

Director:

Alf Sjöberg

Writer:

Ivar Lo-Johansson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Dahlbeck ... Maria, aka Rya-Rya
Ragnar Falck ... Henrik, Rya-Rya's Husband
Ulf Palme ... Hammar
Hugo Björne ... Eniel
Åke Fridell ... Inspector
Mona Geijer-Falkner ... Emili
Max von Sydow ... Nils
Margaretha Krook ... Berta (as Margareta Krook)
Mimi Pollak ... Erika Rost (as Mimi Pollack)
Elsa Widborg ... Cowman's Wife
Olof Widgren ... Rya-Rya's Father
Ulla Smidje ... Cecilia, the Sick Girl
Sif Ruud ... Teacher (as Siv Ruud)
Signe Rydberg-Eklöf Signe Rydberg-Eklöf ... Rya-Rya's Mother (as Signe Eklöf)
Ernst Brunman ... School Council's Chairman
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About serf wife Maria, called Rya-Rya, her life from a young beautiful girl with dreams of love to a worn-out mother, who only lives for her children.

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Drama

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Film debut of Margaretha Krook. See more »

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An excellent piece of foreign art.
7 January 2016 | by iank-76224See all my reviews

I would recommend this film to anyone who thoroughly enjoys foreign films or classic cinema. It is a refreshing blend of cinematography and powerful dialog. Though it was released in 1949, there are themes that should still be treasured to this day. I would suggest understanding the culture that the film came from, and the time period that it was produced, before viewing the film. It is interesting to see the roles that certain characters play, and how they portray certain commonplace stereotypes. It is also worth noting that since this is a foreign film, be prepared for very abstract ideas, and no English. It is incredible to see how Max Von Sydow has progressed as a star. For example, he appears in the newest Star Wars (The Force Awakens), albeit as a minor character. Overall, this is a somewhat unknown, and highly under appreciated piece of foreign film mastery, and should be treasured as such.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

31 October 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Apenas Mãe See more »

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Budget:

SEK364,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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