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Arn: Tempelriddaren (2007)

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Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

Director:

Peter Flinth

Writers:

Jan Guillou (novels), Hans Gunnarsson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joakim Nätterqvist ... Arn Magnusson
Sofia Helin ... Cecilia Algotsdotter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Birger Brosa
Michael Nyqvist ... Magnus Folkesson
Mirja Turestedt Mirja Turestedt ... Fru Sigrid
Morgan Alling ... Eskil Magnusson
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Biskop Bengt (as Sven Bertil Taube)
Bibi Andersson ... Moder Rikissa
Fanny Risberg ... Cecilia Blanka
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Knut
Simon Callow ... Fader Henry
Vincent Perez ... Broder Guilbert
Julia Dufvenius ... Helena
Svante Martin Svante Martin ... Karl Sverkersson
Jørgen Langhelle ... Erik Jedvardsson
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Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

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Taglines:

A Knight in the Holy Land. A Woman in the Frozen North. A War that Kept Them Apart. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | UK | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany | Morocco

Language:

Swedish | English | Arabic | French | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Arn - Tempelridderen See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

SEK 14,336,235 (Sweden), 27 December 2007
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Runtime:

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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is at least seven languages spoken in the movie. Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English, French, Arabic and Latin. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Birger Brosa: A sword slash is not enough to claim the power.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #39.2 (2008) See more »

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Performer by Laleh Pourkarim (as Laleh)
Composed, Arranged by Laleh Pourkarim (as Laleh)
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestrated By Tommy Haglund
Mixed By Johannes Berglund
(p) 2007 Warner Music Sweden
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Reliable, intriguing medieval tale that unfortunately never peaks
20 December 2007 | by ozjeppeSee all my reviews

Sweden in the 1100s is the backdrop for the troubled love story between nobleman boy-turned monk-turned-knight templar Arn and neighboring girl Cecilia- before he is sent off to Jerusalem in the crusades and she into a convent- plus the rivaling royal clan struggles for power in the nation. I haven't read the bestselling books which this is based on, and knowing this is a part-saga and soon TV-series to be, I can somewhat overlook the gaps in storytelling.

What I do enjoy is a sound, intriguing (especially the scheming between the church and royal clans) and reliable medieval tale - with heavy doses of romance, monastery/convent dramatics and a little touch of "Kingdom of heaven"-battling in the end - that unfortunately never quite peaks. As a cinephile Swede, I know the country's market a bit, and notice that the filmmakers are SO focused on keeping a safe, steady course not to fail with such a big production ship like this, that they end up with no real climactic cinematic highlights to speak of. Rougher camera-work and sets might've heightened things a bit?

For that reason it's very evenly paced, never boring and quite nicely produced. But with a major flaw: Arn remains very stiff and sketchy as an adult character. We never personally get to know him (he has SO few lines!) as to really understand why Cecilia loves him.

All in all, 6 out of 10 from Ozjeppe


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