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The Glassblower's Children (1998)

Glasblåsarns barn (original title)
Based on the novel by Maria Gripe, this is the story of two children, Klas and Klara, growing up in the poor Swedish countryside of the mid-19th century. Their father Albert is a ... See full summary »


Anders Grönros


Maria Gripe (novel), Anders Grönros | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Granhagen ... Flaxa Mildväder
Stellan Skarsgård ... Albert
Pernilla August ... Sofia
Oliver P. Peldius Oliver P. Peldius ... Klas
Jasmine Heikura Jasmine Heikura ... Klara
Elin Klinga Elin Klinga ... The Empress
Thommy Berggren ... The Emperor
Ann-Cathrin Palme Ann-Cathrin Palme ... Nana
Måns Westfelt Måns Westfelt ... Kusken
Ewa Fröling ... Nana (voice)
Johan Ulveson ... Kloka (voice)
Helge Jordal Helge Jordal ... Glasförsäljaren
Margreth Weivers ... Dockförsäljerskan
Martin Lange Martin Lange ... Betjänt
Peter Nystedt Peter Nystedt ... Betjänt


Based on the novel by Maria Gripe, this is the story of two children, Klas and Klara, growing up in the poor Swedish countryside of the mid-19th century. Their father Albert is a glass-blower, famous for his beautiful vases, but still unable to earn enough money for his wife Sofia and the children. At a spring fair a distinguished gentleman arrives and buys all of Albert's glassware. After this nothing will be the same again. Klas and Klara are kidnapped and taken to a strange castle... Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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Great cast in total waste of film
25 December 2002 | by allangusSee all my reviews

Horribly bad direction by Mr Grönros. Is he a joke or what? No sense for timing, storytelling and psychology. Even if this film was meant for dumb kids, or is that the problem? Maybe Mr Grönros thinks kids are stupid in general? The logic of this film is questionable at the least. I can't even bare to watch the whole film. It`s actually playing now on the TV. I get so mad. The film is obviously an expensive one and the cinematography is good. The cast is some of the best actors available in Scandinavia. (Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August etc) How that happened is amazing! I think that the problem of this project, apart from the director, is that he himself (more or less) has made an adaption of the Maria Gripe book. Indeed it's a fairy tale, but that doesn't mean one can throw away logic or have completely meaningless scenes in the film. Ever heard of dramatic storytelling? As in moving the plot along? The special effects with the birds are ridiculously badly done in a film like this from -98. Again, how the hell could Mr Grönros approve? The final scene is also a display of bad filmmaking. A scene that could have been powerful goes limp due to very bad choices in editing/ direction. (Just read that Leon Flamholc is the editor so there you go - Mr Quality stirkes again) And again logic is forgotten. Memory loss anyone? Now I feel a little bit bad for Mr. Grönros as he sure as hell will read this. (IMDB is BIG) But the guy needs some critisism after spending all that money in this Swedish/ Danish/ Norweigian co-production. Shame on you! This must be one film danish co-producer Peter Albeck-Jensen regrets ever getting involved with.

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Release Date:

27 February 1998 (Sweden) See more »

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SEK28,000,000 (estimated)
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