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Under the Sun (1998)

Under solen (original title)
Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.

Director:

Colin Nutley

Writers:

H.E. Bates (novel), Johanna Hald | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rolf Lassgård ... Olof
Helena Bergström ... Ellen Lind
Johan Widerberg ... Erik Jonsson
Gunilla Röör ... Newspaper Receptionist
Jonas Falk Jonas Falk ... Preacher
Linda Ulvaeus Linda Ulvaeus ... Lena
Bergljót Arnadóttir Bergljót Arnadóttir ... Shop assistant
Per Sandberg Per Sandberg ... Undertaker
Rikard Wolff ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Olof lives alone on his family's farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, Erik brags of having known hundreds of women. Out of the blue, Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper, and Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house and, as the summer goes on, Olof's heart and Erik's desire as well. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Årets stora julfilm!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,875, 5 August 2001

Gross USA:

$316,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,020
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sweden's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2000's Oscar. See more »

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Remake of Country Matters: The Little Farm (1973) See more »

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What's with the jet plane?
20 February 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Under the Sun" is a bucolic, warm, charming, and sentimental story about a 40 year old Swedish farmer who hires an attractive housekeeper who tends to somewhat more than cooking and cleaning. He's illiterate with an inheritance, she's smart and pretty, and he has a young male friend who may be after both his money and the woman. A lovely bit of romantic melodrama laced with humor and rustic beauty which could steal your heart or make you gag depending on your taste. Recommended for more mature sentimentalists. (B)


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