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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 »


Liv Ullmann


Liv Ullmann, Sigrid Undset (novel)
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Credited cast:
Elisabeth Matheson Elisabeth Matheson ... Kristin Lavransdatter
Bjørn Skagestad Bjørn Skagestad ... Erlend
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Lavrans
Henny Moan Henny Moan ... Ragnfrid
Rut Tellefsen Rut Tellefsen ... Fru Ashild
Erland Josephson ... Broder Edvin
Lena Endre ... Eline Ormsdatter
Jørgen Langhelle ... Simon Darre
Svein Tindberg Svein Tindberg ... Ulv
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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


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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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 »


Featured in Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv (1997) See more »

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waited for years to see this
30 March 2005 | by vikingesSee all my reviews

I always wondered if anyone could do justice to Undset's great trilogy.

Liv Uhlman brings us the flavor of medieval Norway, where Christianity still battles older forces and beliefs. She gives us a radiant but guilt-ridden Kristin not far off the mark from the character in Undset's books.

The architectural details, costumes and various artifacts around the farm seem just right for the era.

I felt disappointed when the film ended as I was eager to see the subsequent development of Kristin's character we see in the second and third volumes of Undset's trilogy. One can only hope that these, too, will come in time.

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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



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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