The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ...
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The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a follower of the new Christian belief. The new priest is very mesmerizing and he wants his followers to emigrate with him to Palestine. Ingmar's sister decides to follow him and sells the home which has been the family's for centuries. The only way for Ingmar to save it is to marry the daughter of the man who buys it, Barbro. With Ingmar married to another, Gertrud cannot stay and follows the others to Palestine. However, Ingmar does not love Barbro. He is still in love with Gertrud and eventually follows her.Written by
Based on a novel which in turn was based on the true story of when 37 villagers in Nås, Dalarna, Sweden, sold all their belongings and emigrated to Jerusalem in 1896. There, they joined the American Colony led by Anna Spafford (the movie's "Mother"), widow of Horatio who penned the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". Eventually, the colony crumbled, especially after Mrs. Spafford's death, and was ultimately dissolved amid inner conflicts. By then, many of the Swedish emigrants, not very used to the Middle Eastern climate and forbidden by Mrs. Spafford to accept any medical help, had succumbed. The last members of the original group passed away in Jerusalem in the 1960s, whereas descendants of others emigrated to the U.S. when the Israel-Palestinian conflicted started escalating in the late 1940s. See more »
Bille August is one of the world's best directors. He can get the most enchanting moments from his actors. And his "Jerusalem" is a very good example of it. Long uncut takes with only little dialog show intense and breathtaking acting skills from every actor/actress - especially Maria Bonnevie.
Examples of this are: The scene where Maria's character Gertrud is walking alone in the forest and has a vision of Jesus for the first time; and one of the last scenes in Jerusalem where she sits with her friend who tells her; "You have to forgive... otherwise you will never be able to love again." ...
If you want to see truly unique acting skills this is where you want to go.
Sadly it has not yet been released on DVD. I only have it on old VHS. Let us have a full special edition DVD soon please.
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