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Heartbreak Hotel (2006)

Elisabeth and Grudren are two Swedish divorcées, both over 40, who meet when Elisabeth parks her car on a loading zone and is ticketed by Gudrun. Depspite this shaky start, a friendship ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Helena Bergström ... Elisabeth Staf, gynecologist
Maria Lundqvist ... Gudrun Nyman, car-park attendant
Claes Månsson ... Åke Nyman
Johan Rabaeus ... Henrik Ek
Jill Johnson ... Self
Erica Braun Erica Braun ... Liselotte
Marie Robertson Marie Robertson ... Moa
Christoffer Svensson Christoffer Svensson ... Mattias Ek
Niki Gunke Stangertz Niki Gunke Stangertz ... Anna
Jan Waldekranz ... Anna's father
Vas Blackwood ... Cab Driver
Sam Smart Sam Smart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magnus Byström Magnus Byström ... Dansare
Andreas Grant
Jean-Luc Julien ... (voice)


Elisabeth and Grudren are two Swedish divorcées, both over 40, who meet when Elisabeth parks her car on a loading zone and is ticketed by Gudrun. Depspite this shaky start, a friendship grows between the two. Elizabeth, a gynecologist, is sexy and confident. She leads the shy Gudrun through the dangerous waters of single life. But as they cavort through the dance floors and bars of Stockholm's nightlife they are led to a deeper examination of the relationships with men Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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Silly but Entertaining Swedish Comedy
12 September 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Stockholm, the gynecologist Elisabeth "Lisa" Staf (Helena Bergström) receives a ticket from the car-park attendant Gudrun Nyman (Maria Lundqvist) when she parks her car in a forbidden place. Lisa justifies telling that she is going to the wedding of her son and she is late; however Gudrun does not accept the excuse and they offend each other. In the dinner party, Elisabeth's husband tells to the guests that they are divorcing.

Gudrun is a shy widow that stays at home, and her daughter Liselotte (Erica Braun) convinces her to go to her gynecologist; surprisingly she is Lisa and they become friends. Lisa is independent and likes to dance and the nightlife, and she convinces Gudrun to go out with her to the Heartbreak Hotel to drink and dance. When Gudrun meets her former husband Åke Nyman (Claes Månsson), the relationship between the two women is affected.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is a silly but entertaining Swedish comedy about the friendship of two forty and something year-old women with different temperaments. The plot is a kind of combination between "Sex and the City" with "Thelma & Louise" and the result is a pleasant comedy. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Vida Começa aos 40" ("The Life Begins at 40")

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24 March 2006 (Sweden) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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