Desirée, a modern librarian with urban friends and interests is visiting her late husband's grave when she meets Benny, a simple farmer. After his mother's death Benny lives alone on the run-down farm, desperately seeking a woman to take care of him. In spite of their differences the two have the dream of finding that special someone in common, and fall passionately in love. Benny wants Desirée to move in with him and start a family as soon as possible. But being a farmer's wife is not something she is very enthusiastic about. Just presenting Benny as her boyfriend proves to be an embarrassing experience. And when she gets a tempting job offer in Stockholm she has to consider her priorities carefully.Written by
Desirée keeps the book upon which the movie is based in her bookshelf, in the slot to the left of the picture of Örjan. See more »
At the end of the film when Benny overtakes the hauling van with Desirée, he is doing it finally when driving to the very end of the bridge. After he stopped in front of the van, his car is just in the middle of the bridge. See more »
When Desirée, intellectual librarian with a mania for cleaning, meets and reluctantly falls for Benny, busy farmer with 24 milk cows and a 95-hour working week, everything is set up for a huge cultural clash. But what can they do when the sparks between them feels like "leaning against an electric fence"?
I thought that this dilemma was well illustrated, though sometimes a bit exaggerated - I don't believe that talking with your mouth full is typical "farmer behavior" - and the differences in life style between the two contracting parties gave rise to quite a few laughs in the movie theater. This movie also clearly illustrates how our opinion about someone is always colored by our prejudice, even if it's just unconsciously.
I recommend this film to everyone who likes Swedish movies, and also to those of you who, like me, are more sceptical to our nations film industry - this is a good one!
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