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Giliap (1975)

In a minor town the morose manager is primarily responsible for the bad atmosphere of a restaurant. But central for the plot are three persons: a male waiter who is never named (here called... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thommy Berggren ... Giliap
Mona Seilitz ... Anna
Willie Andréason ... Gustav Svensson, "Greven"
Lars-Levi Læstadius Lars-Levi Læstadius ... Kreip (as Lars-Levi Laestadius)
Henry Olhans Henry Olhans ... The Vulture, "Gamen"
Rainer Mieth Rainer Mieth ... Fat Chef
Pernilla August ... Girl at Summer Hotel (as Pernilla Wallgren)
Arne Leif Nielsen Arne Leif Nielsen ... Simonsson
Julie Bernby Julie Bernby ... Singer
Carl-Åke Bergman Carl-Åke Bergman ... Gorilla
Sven Sparr Sven Sparr ... Old Man
Ewa Wiberg Ewa Wiberg ... Sara
Harry Karlström Harry Karlström ... Strid, Waiter
Irma Attermark Irma Attermark ... Cashier
Lars Lennartsson Lars Lennartsson ... Bartender
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In a minor town the morose manager is primarily responsible for the bad atmosphere of a restaurant. But central for the plot are three persons: a male waiter who is never named (here called W), the female waiter Anna, and "the count", a self-invented nickname by a man cleaning plates. The count is skilled in making others do what he wants. Half a dozen of the personnel assist in a poorly planned and failed attempt to liberate a man whom the police move from one arrest to another. The event involves stealing a motorcycle and threatening policemen with a gun. Anna strongly tries to make contact with W. Finally it turns out that she need his help to break her sexual relation to the count, a relation that from her part is not motivated by positive feelings. W rejects her attempts. And then Anna has suddenly gone. She has got a pleasant job in another town. And then W's feelings awaken. He follows her. During one or two days really great and reciprocal love and happiness emerge. On the ... Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

16 November 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Гилиап See more »

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Budget:

SEK 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Sandrews See more »
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3 Channel Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) (restored version)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ewa Aulin auditioned, on the director's request, for a part in this film. However, she turned it down and still hasn't made a movie since 1973. See more »

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Featured in Minns Ni? (1993) See more »

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A job at the Doom Hotel
25 November 2008 | by StrausszekSee all my reviews

Arriving at the dreary Busarewsky Hotel (the name, to Swedes, sounds both vaguely Central European and like a pun on 'busar', "goons") the young waiter Giliap soon finds himself in a maze of silent rules, gossip, violence and budding, pathetic revolt. But who can he trust? The film appears to be both absurd and over-the-top serious, and watching it you'll find yourself asking just where is it dead serious and where does satire or (self-)parody start? The slow tempo and long, brooding silences before sometimes outrageously weighted lines, the gloomy lighting and the sudden hysterical swings of the people in the film - all of this was certainly intended, but the purpose of the film is by no means clear, so the viewer has to decide for himself just what enemy Giliap is fighting or what he is searching.

If you've seen "Songs from the Second Floor" you'll recognize some of the style - the long, slow shots, the blunt, searching or unresponsive dialog lines, the dreary, somehow naked and unprotected facial expressions. This is the antithesis of "Beverly Hills 90210", but a very rewarding and sometimes weirdly funny movie experience.


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