A salesman and his son sexually abuse the generations of women of a poor family as payment for debt. Janni must see his mother, sister, niece and wife all being exploited, and the family grow bigger with the abuser's kids.
In rural Sweden of the 19th century, it was customary for poor families' debts to landowners or shopkeepers to be repaid through sexual reciprocity of women or daughters. According to well-established moral and ethical views and rather dubious interpretation of the Bible, they have the undeniable right to levy such a kind of "rent" from any woman who owes them. Tea is surrendered to such a creditor despite the suicide of her husband. His son later takes over the role of father, but when Tea's sixteen-year-old daughter has to take her place to pay the debt, the man is neutered by one of Tea's sons.
Read the book. It is probably the best book Torgny Lindgren has written, and he has written many great books.
Sadly, the film is a disaster. Worst of all is that the whole cast, who are supposedly portraying people in Northern Sweden (Västerbotten, to be more specific) in the19th century, are speaking with Stockholm accents. It takes away all credibility and makes a complete mockery of the story.
It's hard to understand how a normally more than competent director and some of Sweden's best actors have managed to fail so completely in bringing a fantastic story to the screen. Just avoid this film. Please. Read the book instead. It's brilliant.
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