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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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One of my Favorites
12 May 2011 | by princebansal1982See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. It is breathtakingly beautiful with many outdoor shots. I am a guy with a short attention span, and I get bored quickly but even though this movie was going on at a leisurely pace it still had me spellbound.

It has an amazingly simple plot, a clash of wills between a teacher and a student. It is one of those rare movies that show a child's point of view in a truthful and refreshing manner without over-dramatizing. Acting by everybody concerned is exceptional especially Bibi Andersson as Tora Holm and Natalie Minnevik as Elina.

If you are reading this review give this movie a chance.


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