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Unga Astrid (2018)

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Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.
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Credited cast:
Alba August ... Astrid
Trine Dyrholm ... Marie
Maria Bonnevie ... Hanna
Eric Ericson ... Doctor (as Eric Ericsson)
Björn Gustafsson ... Sture
Magnus Krepper ... Samuel
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Blomberg
Maria Fahl-Vikander Maria Fahl-Vikander ... 1987 Astrid (as Maria Fahl Vikander)
Ola Normelli ... Train conductor
Mads Korsgaard ... (voice)
Lars Väringer ... Kak direktor
Maria Alm Norell Maria Alm Norell ... Olivia
Casper Kjær Jensen ... Boy in Vimmerby (as Casper Kjær Jensen)
Sofia Karemyr Sofia Karemyr ... Madicken
Mira Mitchell Mira Mitchell ... Berta
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Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.

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Biography | Drama

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Sweden | Denmark

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Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Becoming Astrid See more »

Filming Locations:

Västra Götaland, Sweden See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,361, 25 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,049, 9 December 2018
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The project began after director Pernille Fischer Christensen read a newspaper article about the youth of Astrid Lindgren, where she became a young mother and her baby was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. See more »

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Pacing issues and poor script makes an excellent movie into an okay flick.
9 December 2018 | by soundstormmusicSee all my reviews

Disclaimer: I'm not the first person who would watch this movie. I got dragged along with my friend to see it but I do know Lingren and know Pippi Longstocking.

The movie starts out at a wonderful pace. We are introduced to a ton of interesting characters. The pace is high and the music fits perfectly. We get to know Astrid, her family, where she lives and the jobs she does. This all changes as she takes on a job as an intern.

Some drastic things happen (I won't spoil what) and the focus shifts. This results in us seeing more of Astrid and less of the rest of the cast. The people she talks to don't get enough screen time to grow attached to. And the movie starts dragging. And dragging. It got so bad I literally had trouble keeping my eyes open.

And here's where to me the major flaw in this movies lies. The script. It's as if the writers focused so much on one aspect they forget that a movie should always be entertaining. With the pace being so low this very uneventful part of the story feels even worse. They got all these characters but you rarely get to see them. You don't know what how their relationship develops over the years. No one is singled out except for Astrid. But to make a movie work you have to have interaction.

There are however, still a couple of highlights. The ending is nice, the pace picks up again and we are finally reunited with characters we met at the beginning.

So all in all it's definitely worth watching for Lindgren fans, but I can't really recommend it for other moviegoers.


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