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The Children of Noisy Village (1986)

Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (original title)
The story of the children who live in Bullerbyn, Sweden, through the spring and summer months.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Astrid Lindgren (novels), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Bergström Linda Bergström ... Lisa
Crispin Dickson Wendenius Crispin Dickson Wendenius ... Lasse
Henrik Larsson ... Bosse
Ellen Demérus Ellen Demérus ... Britta (as Ellen Demerus)
Anna Sahlin Anna Sahlin ... Anna
Harald Lönnbro ... Olle
Tove Edfeldt Tove Edfeldt ... Kerstin
Elisabeth Nordkvist ... Mellangårds-Maja
Ingwar Svensson Ingwar Svensson ... Mellangårds-Anders
Catti Edfeldt ... Sörgårds-Lisa
Bill Jönsson Bill Jönsson ... Sörgårds-Nisse (as Bill Jonsson)
Ann-Sofie Knape Ann-Sofie Knape ... Norrgårds-Greta
Sören Petersson Sören Petersson ... Norrgårds-Erik
Sigfrid Eriksson Sigfrid Eriksson ... Farfar
Louise Ræder Louise Ræder ... Pigan Agda (as Louise Raeder)
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The story of the children who live in Bullerbyn, Sweden, through the spring and summer months.

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

6 December 1986 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children of Noisy Village See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevedstorp, Kalmar län, Sweden

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When director Lasse Hallström first met Astrid Lindgren she told him: "I'll try not to like you, because all the directors I like just die." This is because the previous directors who made films based on her books, Olle Hellbom and Tage Danielsson, had both passed away recently. See more »

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Lisa: How come there are some things you are suppose to like? And others that you aren't suppose to like? So we decided to do the opposite instead.
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Often shown as a 2-part or 3-part mini series. See more »

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Astrid's autobiography
22 May 2004 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

In a family film written by Astrid Lindgren and directed by Lasse Hallström you might expect quite a bit of fun and fancy free. Instead "Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn" turns out almost completely free of fantasy. With thinly disguised autobiographical narration by lead character Lisa, this story of simple country life recalls simpler times gone by and is a welcome alternative for parents to show today's toddlers accustomed to Manga style entertainment (if their attention spans have not already been affected that is). Although I would have preferred a bit more 'Pippi Långstrump' or 'My live as a dog' type magic myself, this old fashioned tale remains very popular with Swedish audiences. We follow the group of village children as they stroll through the woods, ride in carts, and even go skinny dipping (Swedish censors are not as strict about showing nude children from behind).

After visiting Lisa's granddad for the second or third time in a row, the group of friends (who's number varies from time to time) go for a ride on a horse and wagon and sing a bit of cute and carefree tralalala (as opposed to the stuff they were forced to sing in school earlier). They help somebody working in a field and giggle a lot, even though my Swedish was not good enough to understand the joke. Although obviously none of them comes equipped with supernatural Pipi-strength, their parents don't object to them spending the night in a barn on their own. The girl's lullaby makes all the animals in the area cower and run away, so one of the boys pretends to throw up, ending the song prematurely.

Already filmed once before in 1960, I seriously doubt if the earlier version of "Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn" could be any more old fashioned than this one. Together with the sequel, "Mer om oss barn i Bullerbyn", which was shot at the same time, the complete story was turned into a TV series (or could it be the other way around?). This may explain why the film is made up out of so many unrelated little stories (not to mention the abrupt ending in this first part). Unfortunately, I doubt if today's children spoiled by non stop violent cartoons will have the patience to sit through this much peacefulness.

5 out of 10


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