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Jätten (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 14 October 2016 (Sweden)
Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who was separated from his mother at birth. Thirty years later he is convinced that he will get her back if only he wins the Scandinavian Championship of pétanque. He tries to do the impossible. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment are not going to stop him. Plus there is a 200 foot giant on his side.


Johannes Nyholm


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Andrén Christian Andrén ... Rikard Boberg
Johan Kylén Johan Kylén ... Roland
Anna Bjelkerud Anna Bjelkerud ... Elisabeth
Linda Faith Linda Faith ... Lina
Ola Bjurman Ola Bjurman ... Jan-Ove
Niclas Fransson Niclas Fransson ... Kjell
Hans-Erik Hermansson Hans-Erik Hermansson ... Greger
Pablo Patron Pablo Patron ... Magnus
Stig Rehncrona Stig Rehncrona ... Doctor
Eva Lena Ljung-Kjellberg Eva Lena Ljung-Kjellberg ... Nurse (as Evalena Ljung-Kjellberg)
Eva-Karin Ingelstedt Eva-Karin Ingelstedt ... Pia
Birgitta Blad Birgitta Blad ... Monika
Pappamorfar Söder Pappamorfar Söder ... Rolf
Tove Orrbeck Tove Orrbeck ... Yvonne
Bengt Carlsson Bengt Carlsson ... Lennart


Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed man who was separated from his mother at birth. Thirty years later he is convinced that he will get her back if only he wins the Scandinavian Championship of pétanque. He tries to do the impossible. His fragile physique and a harsh judging environment are not going to stop him. Plus there is a 200 foot giant on his side.

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Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

14 October 2016 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Jättiläinen See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Music Composed by Ola Bjurman
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All he wanted was to be with his mother.
14 September 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

This can be easily the Swedish version of 'The Elephant Man'. It ain't a biography nor a documentary, yet has a simple and heartwarming story. It is also a sport themed flick. The sport not widely known, excluding the Europe. The first feature film for the director and a good film to debut with. He had waited for a decade to make this film and he should be proud and happy for accomplishing that. On the outside the film looks like ordinary, but not for making. Especially not for a small cost film like this. Everybody had put a great effort, particularly the lead actor.

The story of an autistic and severely deformed man, the 30 year old Rikard is not an average guy you would see in your daily life. That is one of the reasons why he struggles in the society. Not because he's different looking, but not all the people are kind to him. All of his life he is known was the game, Petanque. And all in life he wanted was to be with his mother. So he took the game very seriously and decided to win the championship, just to win his mother's love as well. How far he would go and how far it would take him to his mother are the remaining parts to reveal.

This is not a popular Swedish film, though I wonder why is that. Of course it did not have any specialty like a powerful twist or turn. All it had was a strong lead character, and with that, it got forward with a clichéd storyline. The scenes were predictable, particularly the end. But I liked the mix of fantasy/illusion and reality. Rikard from the inside, was living in his own world. He had his own version of guardian angel, and a close friend who stood for him all the difficulties. In his both the world, together, they had set to accomplish the things. One of his prime objective was to get back to his mother.

❝Move the centre of the universe. It's the hardest thing to do, but also the most beautiful.❞

The screenplay should have been more engaging. Otherwise, should have been emotionalised. Or both. Because such theme needs a strong sentiment base. Definitely that would have drawn-in the family audience. Yet it is still a family film, and the end still be emotional for some people. But for me, it looked more a fairy-tale than touching. Even though everybody must agree that it was an apt ending. The focus was very clear, what the film wanted to show us and what the characters wanted to reveal to us. The characters had less depth, like in case of the mother's role, but ultimately how all of them linked together and brought together at the end was nicely done.

Regarding the sport from the film, it looks like the marble (goli) game that's played in our local. Except it was the small orbs and instead of the whole arm, just fingers used to play while thumb firmly on the ground. I wish they had explained the game properly for the viewers from other continents like me. It looked fun and simple game, I think I almost understood, except the rules. But I can understand the story was not designed to start the game from the scratch, I mean intro. Besides, it was a part of the story, not the whole story. Nicely utilised a small sport in a film.

Just below 90 minute film, one of the special film, yet there's nothing too much to praise heavily. Sometimes a simple script like this is better to end decently than too much of establishment to aim greater, which most of the times fails terribly. Especially from the beginner's perspective. So now the director can try something big in his next and can demand big budget as well from his production house. All I wanted to say is if you want to try this, don't anticipate, just watch it with an empty mind. You might have seen many similar films, so as I said it is not hiding that fact, just trying to be a simple, meaningful drama than useless nonsense we see all the time. It is not a must see, though it won't make you any harm for watching at once.


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