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Four Shades of Brown (2004)

Fyra nyanser av brunt (original title)
An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown.

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Tomas Alfredson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Gustafsson ... Christer / Johan
Maria Kulle Maria Kulle ... Anna
Karl Linnertorp Karl Linnertorp ... Morgan
Jonas Inde ... Ray / Tony
Johan Rheborg ... Kjell Levrén / Ernst
Karin Holmberg Karin Holmberg ... Arbetsterapeuten (as Karin 'Kickan' Holmberg)
Viktor Friberg Viktor Friberg ... Jan
Eva Ekengren Eva Ekengren ... Mådan
Tore Persson Tore Persson ... Morgan's Teacher
Henrik Schyffert ... Richard
Anna Björk Anna Björk ... Tove
Iwar Wiklander Iwar Wiklander ... Jan-Erik
Karin Ekström Karin Ekström ... Smulan
Finn Nielsen Finn Nielsen ... Perikles
Fyr Thorvald Strömberg Fyr Thorvald Strömberg ... Keskinen (as Fyr Torvald)
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An eccentric millionaire dies at a manor in Dalarna in Sweden, leaving behind three sons and a mistress. One of four parallel stories about parents and children. Four sides of Sweden. Four shades of brown.

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Comedy | Drama

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Four grisly stories filled with Swedish humor...
2 March 2005 | by ilpintlSee all my reviews

This film was written up in the Vancouver International Film Festival guide as the first feature by a Swedish comedy troupe, and I mistakenly concluded it would be funny. Four stories unfold simultaneously: a wealthy, amoral, and spiteful patriarch dies, but continues to harm from beyond the grave with the nastiness generated by his will. A young couple has lovingly restored an old seaside resort, and operate it successfully until his parents, accompanied by his mother's lover, drop in for a visit. A man, a pet crematorium employee, takes his son to his place of work to revive the kid's waning interest in school. A cooking class of four and their teacher meet weekly, but do absolutely no cooking. Instead their weekly meetings turn into impromptu therapy sessions. Each of these stories took extremely dark turns to horrific conclusions. Well made, I suppose, but I was thoroughly traumatized. My knowledgeable friends assured me that this was Swedish humor at its best, and that the film guide did not misrepresent this light-hearted frothy confection. Strangely, I do not find child rape, incest, murder, suicide, stealing one's son's girlfriend, psychological torture, and random violence funny. Silly me.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Estonian | Danish

Release Date:

6 February 2004 (Sweden) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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