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Ormens väg på hälleberget (1986)

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.

Director:

Bo Widerberg

Writers:

Torgny Lindgren (novel), Bo Widerberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stina Ekblad ... Tea Alexisdotter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Karl Orsa Markström
Reine Brynolfsson ... Jani
Pernilla August ... Eva (as Pernilla Östergren)
Tomas von Brömssen ... Jacob
Pernilla Wahlgren ... Johanna
Ernst Günther ... Ol Karlsa
Birgitta Ulfsson Birgitta Ulfsson ... Grandma
Johan Widerberg ... Jani as a Child
Melinda Kinnaman ... Eva as a Child
Åsa Karlin Åsa Karlin ... Child (as Åsa Göransson)
Michael Kallaanvaara Michael Kallaanvaara ... Child
Calle Carlswärd Calle Carlswärd ... Child (as Carl Carlswärd)
Amelia Glas-Drake Amelia Glas-Drake ... Tilda (as Amelia Glas Drake)
Gun Fors Gun Fors ... A Woman
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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.

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Drama

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg der Schlange auf dem Felsen See more »

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Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Pernilla Wahlgren
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Brilliant
8 May 2000 | by AKS-6See all my reviews

I can't believe I've waited this long to see "Ormens väg på hälleberget"! I've seen it at the video store for years but I haven't gotten around to renting it until just now when I realized that Stellan Skarsgård was in it. Naturally, I should have rented it a long time ago since the great Bo Widerberg directed it, but well... I rented it now.

I was certainly not disappointed by the film. I thought it was quite brilliant, but it was also a harrowing experience to watch it. Stellan Skarsgård's character Karl Orsa really was a despicable person and the pain he caused Tea and her family -- while telling himself that he was "not a bad person" -- is unbelievable. I have no idea what any reviewers thought when this film was released in Sweden in 1986, but I think it's a very good film, quite brilliant. And the cast is very interesting -- at least if you're Swedish: Stina Ekblad, Stellan Skarsgård, Tomas von Brömssen, Reine Brynolfsson, Pernilla August (then Östergren), Ernst Günther, and Pernilla Wahlgren (yes, it's the Pernilla you think it is) plus Johan Widerberg and Melinda Kinnaman in (very) small parts... all in the same film! It's worth watching it only because of that, but as I said: the film is really good in its own right and I highly recommend it. (8/10)


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