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Falkenberg Farewell (2006)

Farväl Falkenberg (original title)
The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them.

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Jesper Ganslandt
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Axel Eriksson John Axel Eriksson ... John
Holger Eriksson Holger Eriksson ... Holger
David Johnson David Johnson ... David
Jesper Ganslandt ... Jesper
Jörgen Svensson Jörgen Svensson ... Jörgen
Rolf Sundberg Rolf Sundberg ... Jespers pappa
Ulla Jerndin Ulla Jerndin ... Holgers och Johns mamma
Per-Ola Eriksson Per-Ola Eriksson ... Holgers och Johns pappa
Helena Svensson Helena Svensson ... Jörgens mamma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leif Arne Gustavsson Leif Arne Gustavsson
Inge Linder Inge Linder
Eva Lundskog Eva Lundskog
Johanna Raoust Johanna Raoust
Marlen Wahlström Marlen Wahlström
Viktor Wenzel Viktor Wenzel
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Five youngsters have grown to be men in Falkenberg. This is the story of their last summer together in the little west coast town. They are all different, with different views upon life and the future. Life is over, yet just to start. The adulthood is about to start, but are they ready? Not all of them, and not all will reach there either. A meditation about life, poetic, balanced, which will remind most of their own childhood and coming of age, and the melancholy of life changes, when you know there's no turning back. A last farewell to a hometown, the little town by the sea. Written by OJT

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Drama

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Adieu Falkenberg See more »

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Budget:

SEK 300,000 (estimated)
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Memfis Film, Film i Väst See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Minanya Cuile
Lyrics and Music Written by Josefin Gavie
Performed by Josefin Gavie
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Flaky Kids with Small Town Blues
14 October 2006 | by martin_g_karlssonSee all my reviews

Small towns in Sweden are safe and clean, not necessarily rural, but perhaps not as stimulating as the Big City. Here we follow some kids in a small town, Falkenberg and their angst about adulthood and the world. What I like about "Farväl..." is its directness. It isn't trying to be smart or deliver puns, but just shows what life was like in Falkenberg, for the people that have made the film. They are also playing more or less themselves, I understand.

The kids portrayed are without any real sense of purpose in their lives, but at the same time quite comfortable, and with deep friendships. Adults are depicted pretty much as half-dead bores, and in juvenile narcissistic manner, adulthood indeed seems akin to dying.

I think that the "twist" that provides the only real drama of the film is a bit adolescent, but perhaps its just a traditional "hero mythology", with the hero sacrificing himself so that others may live. An effort could have been made to drive home a few more points though, now you kind of wonder if the film-makers have bothered to take a step back to seriously consider what they want to say. Politics are kind of absent, except in a very small comment on the separation of girls and boys into different groups.

Swedish small town blues have been the subject of films before, in e.g. "Fucking Åmål" and "Masjävlar", but never in quite this naked way, I think. "Gitarrmongot" I guess comes closest in terms of the tone of the movie. Not exactly entertaining in the traditional sense, but gripping, and I am glad that the film was made.


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