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The Guy in the Grave Next Door (2002)

Grabben i graven bredvid (original title)
Modern, urban librarian meets simple, traditional farmer and falls in love.

Director:

Kjell Sundvall

Writers:

Sara Heldt, Katarina Mazetti (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabet Carlsson Elisabet Carlsson ... Desirée Wallin
Michael Nyqvist ... Benny Söderström
Annika Olsson Annika Olsson ... Märta
Anna Azcárate ... Lilian
Rolf Degerlund Rolf Degerlund ... Bengt-Göran
Anita Heikkilä Anita Heikkilä ... Violet
Axelle Axell Axelle Axell ... Desirée's Mother
Lasse Pettersson Lasse Pettersson ... Desirée's Father
Sara Arnia Sara Arnia ... Benny's Mother
Lotta Östlin Stenshäll Lotta Östlin Stenshäll ... Anita
Michael Odhag Michael Odhag ... Torkel (as Mikael Odhag)
Margareta Gudmundson Margareta Gudmundson ... Mrs. Lundmark
Patrik Lundström Patrik Lundström ... The Ponytail
Hackim Jakobsson Hackim Jakobsson ... The Moving Man (as Hakim Jakobsson)
Staffan Hammar Staffan Hammar ... Örjan Wallin
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Storyline

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 Signy

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Romance

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Version of Le mec de la tombe d'à côté (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Helt galen i dig
Lyrics and music written by Tomas Ledin
Sung by Tomas Ledin
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Quite a few laughs!
30 September 2002 | by blixten_jennySee all my reviews

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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Country:

Sweden | Norway

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A szomszéd fiú a sírban See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$447,360
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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