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Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She... See full summary »

Director:

Liv Ullmann

Writers:

Liv Ullmann, Sigrid Undset (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linus Aaberg Linus Aaberg
Gisken Armand ... Ingbjørg
Berard Arnø Berard Arnø ... Ung Erlend
Bernhard Arnø Bernhard Arnø ... Arne Gyrdson
Peter Baden Peter Baden ... Bentein som barn
Lars-Erik Berenett ... Bjørn
Svein Erik Brodal Svein Erik Brodal ... Munan Bårdsson
Joachim Calmeyer Joachim Calmeyer ... Sira Eirik
Lena Endre ... Eline Ormsdatter
Vibeke Falk ... Tordis
George Fant ... Bård Petersson
Astrid Folstad Astrid Folstad ... Groa Guttormsdotter
Gina Green Gina Green ... Young Dancer
Hilde Grythe Hilde Grythe ... Cecilia
Paul-Ottar Haga Paul-Ottar Haga ... Bentein
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Kristin is the daughter of a prominent landowner in medieval Norway. She grows up in total harmony with the ideals of the time: strong family ties, social pride and devout Christianity. She accepts the fact that her father has arranged for her to marry the son of another landowner. Kristin's beauty and purity create violent emotions around her. There are envy and attempted rape, murder and revenge. She seeks refuge from the world in a convent, awaiting the time for her marriage. Here the passion of her life strikes, the knight Erlend Nikulaussonn. He, an accomplished seducer, also falls hopelessly in love. They have to cross not only convent walls to meet, but social boundaries as well. Their love cannot be kept secret, and suddenly the innocent Kristin is the centre of a scandal. Her fiance withdraws from their engagement, her father rages, and Erlend's former mistress tries to poison her. The affair grows into a political issue, and finally some of the country's most dignified ... Written by The Norwegian Film Institute

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Drama

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Country:

Germany | Norway | Sweden

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Kransen See more »

Filming Locations:

Jomfruland, Norway See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Norwegian entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film premiered in the United States at a length of 144 minutes. The original length was 187 minutes. A restored version was released to video in North America, with all the cut footage intact. See more »

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Referenced in The Danish Poet (2006) See more »

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A beautiful and fascinating film
1 April 2005 | by sjmichaels73See all my reviews

This movie is so perfect! The story, acting, scenery and general attention to detail are wonderful. Kristin's character is complex, as are the others- there are no flat characters here, no "he's the good guy and he's the bad guy." The plot is also rich and is a refreshing contrast to so many of the predictable, clichéd flicks playing at the mall theaters.

I have to give it a 10. It is flawless and fascinating. If I could, I would give it bonus points for having such unique subject matter, as well. After all, films about medieval Norway don't come out every day- especially not from the perspective of a young, strong, female character.


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