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Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)

Elina - Som om jag inte fanns (original title)
In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family ... See full summary »

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writers:

Kerstin Johansson i Backe (novel), Jimmy Karlsson (screenplay collaboration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Natalie Minnevik ... Elina
Bibi Andersson ... Tora Holm
Marjaana Maijala Marjaana Maijala ... Marta
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Einar Björk
Tind Soneby Tind Soneby ... Irma
Björn Granath ... Doctor
Jarl Lindblad Jarl Lindblad ... Veikko Niemi
Sara Arnia Sara Arnia ... Sara
Peter Rogers Peter Rogers ... Anton
Carolina Berggren Carolina Berggren ... Anna
Amanda Andersson Amanda Andersson ... Kerttu
Zorro Svärdendahl Zorro Svärdendahl ... Isak
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In rural Sweden of the early 1950s, little Elina goes to school again after recovering from tuberculosis, the same illness that has killed her father a few years earlier. Elina's family belongs to Finnish-speaking Finns frowned upon by a staunch schoolmistress who starts hounding Elina for questioning her authority. Elina's mother, sister, and a liberal young male teacher all try to mediate the ensuing battle of wills between Elina and Miss Holm. Elina finds consolation in wandering out on the dangerous marshlands to have imaginary conversations with her dead father. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

Sweden | Finland

Language:

Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Elina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK15,450,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,776
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was chosen as the Finnish candidate for the foreign Oscar award, but it was unable to compete for the Finnish Jussi awards, because it was determined to be more Swedish than Finnish film (52% vs. 48%). See more »

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The film Elina - Som om jag inte fanns
5 June 2006 | by michiko38931See all my reviews

The film Elina - Som om jag inte fanns is set in the early 1950 when poverty was common in rural northern Sweden. A young girl named Elina who had recovered from tuberculosis wandered to the moor everyday where she spoke to her dead father, because unlike her indifferent teacher Ms. Holm, he might be the only "person" that would listen to young Elina….

Elina - Som om jag inte fanns is a Sweden- Finnish film. The story of the film is universal, although it sets in the area on the Swedish side of border between Finland and Sweden. Except for the lack of ornamentation, it is a sweet story focusing on dimensions of people. This film treats children's world of mind in a much careful and understanding way. Elina is a gentle, innocent character who is a isolated from others and the society. The acting is quite convincing and the story thought provoking. Overall, I highly recommend this film to people who care about childrent's worlds.


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