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When Arns mother is about to die, he walks outside the monastery and sees a man practicing with a bow. At a distance, you can see the man shoot his third arrow. But when closing up, he shots again, this time it is also his third arrow (in both shots you can see two (2) arrows stuck in the target). See more »
I don't understand. For killing two men I am set free, but for loving I am punished?
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It seems that most reviewers here want sword fights and action.
Arn is more interesting than that: it is a surprisingly complex film about honour and medieval notions of chivalry and values.
We REALLY enjoyed this - the characters are fleshed out and the plot develops at a drama pace, rather than at a dramatic pace. It seems a lot of thought went into the characterization and settings - this did cost $30,000,000 making it the most expensive Swedish film ever - and it did very well at the box office.
Those wanting just action had best look elsewhere those wanting both action and character, and a real exploration of the values of knighthood then this will definitely be your cup of tea and something to savour.
It is kind of like Braveheart in its values, and less like Kingdom of Heaven than you'd expect. Yes, it is quite elegiac, and that fits its Nordic roots well.
Overall, one of the better films about the crusades and the choices made for people living in a time when individual freedom was lost and subjugated to church and kings.
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