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A Summer Tale (2000)

Den bästa sommaren (original title)
Two kids move in with a lonely undertaker who is secretly in love with the town's school teacher.

Director:

Ulf Malmros

Writers:

Ulf Malmros, Vasa (as Lars Johansson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kjell Bergqvist ... Yngve Johansson
Anastasios Soulis ... Mårten
Rebecca Scheja Rebecca Scheja ... Annika
Cecilia Nilsson ... Miss Svanström
Brasse Brännström ... Sven
Marcus Hasselborg Marcus Hasselborg ... Harald
Gachugo Makini Gachugo Makini ... Jacques
Göran Thorell Göran Thorell ... Erik Olsson
Ann Petrén ... Ljungström
Pale Olofsson Pale Olofsson ... Head Waiter
Anna Kristina Kallin Anna Kristina Kallin ... Nurse
Ralph Carlsson ... Priest
Jerker Fahlström ... Messenger
Johan Holmberg Johan Holmberg ... Policeman
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Storyline

The summer of '58, the year Sweden almost won the world championship in soccer over Brazil, Yngve Johansson accepts two children to live with him during the summer, as told through the eyes of a young boy. His name is Mårten, and the other child's name is Annika. She is a rough girl, with many problems. The three of them do not get along, and Yngve is a true dictator to the children's eyes. However, when the children discover that their new guardian has a crush on their teacher (Cecilia Nilsson), they do what they can to bring the two together. Soon enough, the three will discover that they have a lot more in common than they previously imagined, and together they can make their lives worth living again. This is a sweet story about life in Sweden in the mid 1900's. It is about family, love, hate, innocent friendship that we all can relate to, and much, much more. The movie invites laughter as well as tears, and the actors, both the young and the old, are very talented and the best ... Written by alla_alskar_anna

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Details

Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

8 March 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer Tale See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Memfis Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Yngve Johansson: Take a good look, kids! It's not every day you get to meet a real Negro!
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Connections

Referenced in The Wedding Photographer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream a Little Dream of Me
Written by Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andre and Gus Kahn
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
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I love this film!
22 May 2001 | by drdfooSee all my reviews

When I sat down to watch this movie I was rather depressed. "Den bästa sommaren" changed that.

Wonderful film about two orphans spending their summer holidays together in late 50s Swedish countryside. Their "father" for the summer is a seemingly square and restrained coroner, struggling for self-respect and gaining respect from others. With the 1958 soccer World Cup (which was held in Sweden) as a background, the three of them, and the kids' teacher, find their lives changing - for the better.

Great acting, wonderful photo, good timing and a story that will make your day brighter too. 10/10.


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