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The Girl (2009)

Flickan (original title)
Story of a nine-and-a-half year old girl left alone in Sweden while her family is in Africa during the summer of 1981.


Fredrik Edfeldt


Karin Arrhenius (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Blanca Engström ... The Girl
Shanti Roney ... The Father
Annika Hallin ... The Mother
Calle Lindqvist Calle Lindqvist ... Petter
Tova Magnusson ... Anna (as Tova Magnusson-Norling)
Leif Andrée ... Gunnar
Ia Langhammer ... Elisabeth
Krystof Hádek ... The Balloon Man
Emma Wigfeldt Emma Wigfeldt ... Tina
Michelle Vistam Michelle Vistam ... Gisela
Vidar Fors Vidar Fors ... Ola
Mats Blomgren ... Ola's Father
Eleonora Gröning Eleonora Gröning ... Swimming School Teacher
Per Burell Per Burell ... Claes Curman
Henric Holmberg Henric Holmberg ... Gentlemen's Dinner Host


Story of a nine-and-a-half year old girl left alone in Sweden while her family is in Africa during the summer of 1981.

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

17 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Acne Film, Film i Väst See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Very Unusual Look at Girlhood, with an Independent, Lone 10 Year Old
25 February 2011 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

In 50 yrs. of films, I think this is the first film I've ever seen that gives the viewer such in-depth experience watching the day to day life of a 10 yr. old girl. The extraordinary Ponette has a four yr old subject and hones in on one other overriding topic- death- as understood by the 4 yr. old.

But The Girl has no focus on any one subject other than its heroine; it documents her day to day life as she, through accident(others') and intention(hers), is left at home to fend for herself during a significant stretch of her 10th summer. While resourceful and independent,this thin pale redhead is also emotionally walled off from the world. She watches, and you watch her watch.Her wanderings around her rural small town Swedish environs- teach her both the negative 'lessons' of cruel peers and weak adults, and the joys possible with kind strangers and simple friends. While not a children's film, it would be excellent for family viewing and discussion.

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