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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

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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Country:

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Language:

Swedish | Estonian | Danish

Release Date:

6 February 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Four Shades of Brown See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A masterpiece about life
30 January 2005 | by tord-1See all my reviews

Never, ever, have I been as impressed by a film as this little piece about four groups of people, that faces a crisis, or many. In some ways a little like Short Cuts, but totally different, at the same time.

There are a heap of lead characters, whom we all learn to know very well as their stories unfold, and they are, as persons show their good and their bad sides, their weaknesses and their strengths, with lots of drama and laughter.

The closest equivalent in a US movie, I can think of, which then is far weaker in every respect, is the Royal Tenenbaums.

Four Shades of Brown, as the title would be in English, tells the story about a stressed out hotelier and his wife, and his elderly parents (who are traveling magicians); about the receptionist at an animal crematory and his family misadventures; about the members of a cooking course (who mostly talk about their sorry lives) and fourthly about the funeral for a womanizing trotter jockey, who tries to continue orchestrating the family from beyond the grave, by singing and appearing in 3D during the funeral, thanks to high tech equipment that has cost his entire fortune (the family gets nil, not even the famous horse is given to the family)!

There is a warmth and compassion in this film, that is filled with grief and laughter, that I've never experienced before.

Most actors were new to me, except Robert Gustafsson and one or two more, but they all deserve the big slam the film took at the Swedish Guldbagge extravaganza (= the Swedish "Oscar" Awards) a week ago!

Male, female and male supporting actor prizes went to this film, plus a few more, to boot!

If you have the chance, go and see it - the hours float by very quickly!


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