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An-Magritt (1969)

In Norway in the 1600s, An-Magritt is born as the result of a rape.

Director:

Arne Skouen

Writers:

Johan Falkberget (novel), Arne Skouen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liv Ullmann ... An-Magritt
Per Oscarsson ... Hedström
Wolf von Gersum Wolf von Gersum ... Johaness
Claes Gill Claes Gill ... Bjelke
Georg Løkkeberg ... Jens
Lars Tvinde Lars Tvinde ... Kiempen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Bang Elisabeth Bang ... Karen
Arne Bang-Hansen Arne Bang-Hansen ... Filip Degn
Thomas Bergh-Monsen Thomas Bergh-Monsen ... Malmveier
Finn Bernhoft Finn Bernhoft ... Lensmann
Roy Bjørnstad Roy Bjørnstad ... Lort-Nils, malmkjører
Erik Melbye Brekke Erik Melbye Brekke ... Kammertjener
Oscar Egede-Nissen Oscar Egede-Nissen ... Jürgen
Dan Fosse ... Gørr-Ola
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Merra-Per
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An-Magritt er voldtatt inn i livet. Og moren dømmes til gapstokken for sitt syndige samleie med en tilfeldig soldat. Når moren velger døden i fossen, blir det den gamle bestefaren som, Kjempen, som redder An-Magritt. An-Magritt vokser opp i en norsk bergstad på 1600-tallet, et typisk mannssamfunn. Hun står alene blant menn, og må kjempe den samme harde kampen som dem. Gjennom den bitende vinterkulden kjører de malm fra gruvene til smelteovnene. Men An-Magritt har ingen hest. Hun kjører med okse. Omsider blir hun blir hun forelsket i en konstknekt som kommer inn i An-Magritts liv. Nå vokner hennes trang til oppdrift som ingen kan stanse. Hun sloss ikke bare lenger mot storm og kulde. Hun sloss med malmveieren som snyter på vekten, med presten for å få sitt navn inn i kirkeboken, hytteskriveren for å få riktig oppgjør. Men først og sist slåss hun med sin egen uvitenhet. Hun vil ikke lenger være et kreatur uten sjel. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

6 February 1969 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich heiße An-Magritt See more »

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Norsk Film See more »
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Epic tale of a woman surviving famine in 1600's Norway
15 February 2015 | by OJTSee all my reviews

An-Magritt is based upon the historical novel by the same name by Johan Falkberget and is acclaimed Norwegian film maker Arne Skouen's 17th and last movie.

We're taken back to the 1600's poor and cold rural mountain Norway in winter time, where An-Magritt tries to survive. She was born after a rape, and her mother killed herself after being put out for shame outside the church door for three church services. Treated like a criminal, she no longer could bear her shame. An-Magritt (really Ane Margrete, but given a call-name by the villagers) is brought up by her grand parents, and lives up to be a strong young woman, a very strong and obsessive woman, which has to do mens' work to survive. She manages the tradition that happened to her mother is stopped by approaching the minister, and unlike most people she can read, which makes her standing all the better.

An-Magritt is amazingly played by Liv Ullmann, that is. We are seeing a Norway where the poverty was so wast that the church people go to is without any heating, and where the fight for food and against the heavily laid taxes. The hard everyday life takes it's toll on everyone, but she falls in love with a German smith, Johannes, working in the village.

This film was greatly misunderstood when it was released, being gloomy and bleak. Maybe people weren't ready for bleak middle age dramas back then, and neither was I when I saw the film as a teenager back 30 years ago. But re-watching this now in 2015, makes me rise my IMDb-rating from 5 to 6.

The film is great in remastered version, in a newly released DVD-box with 16 of the 17 films of Arne Skouen, in an 100 years anniversary for his birth. The picture is clear and bright, with the bleak colors and 1600's feel to it kept well. The film has a good portion of humor as well. That is very suitable. The environment, as well as the settings, the housing and everything is well done. No faults to be seen. On the lesser side I think the orchestral music too intense, and maybe too high in the mix for my taste. Especially in the dramatic scenes. I think the film would do just as well, or better with the nature's own sounds.

Despite what you would think due to the low rating here on IMDb, this is a good film, and a interesting film in Skouen's filmography. I think this film is well worth a watch. I was quite mesmerized by Liv Ullmann's acting.


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