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 ...
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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.
I didn't expect much from this film when I went to see it last Monday but it turned out to be surprisingly good drama. It tells the story of a young girl who is, against her own will, taken to an institution in 1950's Sweden, where young poor girls are being sterilized. First she is ready to go through operation to get out, but as something surprising happens she must do everything in her power to stop it from happening.
The film is really captivating and not once was I bored. Also almost every actor fits to hers and his roles perfectly. I recommend this film to anyone. The film is based on true events.
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