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The New Man (2007)

Den nya människan (original title)
Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak. Gertrud is a 17 year old girl from a very poor family. Against her will, she ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Klaus Härö

Writers:

Jimmy Karlsson (screenplay collaboration), Kjell Sundstedt
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Lo Kauppi Lo Kauppi ... Jenny
Ellen Jelinek ... Astrid (as Ellen Mattsson)
Ann-Sofie Nurmi Ann-Sofie Nurmi ... Alba
Nadja Mirmiran Nadja Mirmiran ... Erika
Tobias Aspelin ... Dr. Berg
Linda Kulle Linda Kulle ... Ingrid
Monica Edwardson Monica Edwardson ... Birgitta (as Monica Edvardsson)
Anna Littorin Anna Littorin ... Lisa
Happy Jankell Happy Jankell ... Anna
Bengt C.W. Carlsson Bengt C.W. Carlsson ... Barnavårdsmannen
Anders Beckman Anders Beckman ... Tjänstemannen
Ola Wahlström Ola Wahlström ... Biografvaktmästaren
Claes Hartelius Claes Hartelius ... Anna's foster father
Karin Knutsson Karin Knutsson ... Anna's foster mother
Sven-Åke Gustavsson Sven-Åke Gustavsson ... Artur (as Sven Åke Gustavsson)
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Sweden 1951. A new society is developing, a society where there is no room for the socially and mentally weak. Gertrud is a 17 year old girl from a very poor family. Against her will, she is committed to a work home for young women. Gertrud learns that the only way out is by agreeing to a voluntary sterilization. Gertrud falls in love with the janitor, Axel and soon finds herself pregnant. She dreams about a normal family life with Axel and the child, and doesnt realize that when performing the operation the doctor will most certainly take the child away. She changes her mind about the operation but she no longer has a choice. Now there is only one way out: She pretends to be mentally deranged and is transferred to a mental hospital. A child grows in her womb. Gertrud has fooled the system, but the price she pays is her own future.

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What if the unimaginable happened to you? What if your life turned into a nightmare? Would you fight for your freedom?

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Took Swedish movies to a new height.
26 December 2007 | by rockymontanaSee all my reviews

Often when I watch Swedish movies I think the acting is too much. When I saw this movie I didn't think of it as a Swedish movie anymore. The acting was wonderful!

The writers have done a really good job gathering all the information and all the letters that the film writers grandmother (of something similar) sent to her family during her time at the institution (this is on the DVD as extras).

The storyline is a awful story that is based on true events, events that we in the Swedish school system puts a blind fold on so that we only shall see how neutral we are all the time.

I think this is a perfect history lesson that every teenager really should see.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

23 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

EUR2,287,772 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,672
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