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Oxen (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 November 1991 (Sweden)
Swedish pauper's family are starving. In desperation, he steals his lord's ox. He hopes that the crime will not be revealed, but it happens.

Director:

Sven Nykvist
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Helge Roos
Ewa Fröling ... Elfrida Roos
Erland Josephson ... Sigvard Silver
Max von Sydow ... Vicar
Liv Ullmann ... Maria Gustavsson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Björn Granath ... Flyckt
Björn Gustafson ... Officer in command
Lennart Hjulström ... Svenning Gustavsson
Helge Jordal Helge Jordal ... Navvy
Agneta Prytz ... Old Woman
Rikard Wolff ... Johannes
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Storyline

In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master's ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by the local vicar and, wracked with guilt, confesses. The vicar assures him that if he gives himself up, he'll be treated leniently, but Helge's sentence is far harsher than anyone predicted... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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En film av Sven Nykvist

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden | Norway | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ox See more »

Filming Locations:

Hogsby, Kalmar län, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,285, 23 August 1992

Gross USA:

$14,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,513
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Sweden's official submission to the 1992's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elfrida Roos: [Helge killed his master's ox] No! Have you gone out of your mind, Helge?
Helge Roos: What am I to do? We have to eat.
Elfrida Roos: How could you? How could you do this to Svenning?
Helge Roos: [screaming] Svenning has another one. We must survive.
[pause]
Helge Roos: Help me. Stop whimpering and help me. Help me. You don't want Anna to fall ill and die, do you?
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Instead of the usual "directed by", the director's titles are presented as "a true story told by Sven Nykvist". See more »

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A sad but beautiful film.
26 September 2002 | by Tom MurraySee all my reviews

In desperation, Helge Roos (Stellan Skarsgård) kills one of his employer's oxen to feed his starving wife and baby. He soon regrets it. After covering up his crime successfully, he is convinced by the local clergyman (Max von Sydow) to confess, creating unexpected results. The clergyman, with the help of the employer's wife (Liv Ullman), then try to convince the employer, who claims to have been fond of Helge (but obviously not enough to help him) to forgive Helge. The mood is sombre and sad with many very tender moments. Many of the characters, out of desperation, act out of conflicting motives. The screenplay, cinematography, direction and acting are superb.


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