On 21 June 2007, executive producer Johan Mardell confirmed that the film ran over budget during production. See more »
The nuns at the Abbey where Cecilia is sent are wearing the Brown Scapular often associated with Carmelites. While the Carmelite order existed during this time period, the Scapular did not. Its use began about 1251: 65 years after the end of the film. See more »
One time in the church I asked Brother Guilbert if it's a sin to hold a horse as dear as I hold Chamsiin.
What did he say?
He said that ''those who don't understand that horses have souls like us, they don't understand much.''
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I must admit I am pleasantly surprised by this project. The scope of the story and the cinematic achievement were quite good. It's true, the story had some holes, big holes in it, but considering the time of the story it covered and the multitude of sub-plots I think they made quite a good job at it. Take into account that the story starts somewhere in rural Gothland, a kingdom before the formation of Sweden, then stretches for many years.. and distance, all the way to the Holy Land and the fall of Jerusalem. It is a story about the coming of age of a true knight, his unfortunate love story, sibling betrayal and it's consequences, military rivalry among those who should be united and an unexpected friendship with an honorable enemy. I was also pleased with some of the acting (good on the part of Joakim Nätterqvist, good enough for Sofia Helin) although I cannot understand the choice of an actress that looks much older than her characters' love interest. But the fight scenes where decent enough, the battles were made to look quite realistic, even though you can tell there probably weren't enough money for lots of extras to have. What I did not like at all was how much religion was added, but, I guess it all adds to the flavor of the times, supposedly. All in all, a movie I would recommend for anyone who likes historical films and.. Swedish cinema.
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