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The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)

Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish... See full summary »


Erik Gandini


Erik Gandini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Gandini ... Narrator (voice)
Lars Trägårdh Lars Trägårdh ... Self - professor
Marie Helena Fjällås Marie Helena Fjällås ... Self - single parent
Marta Corradi Marta Corradi ... Self
Oscar Rosberg Oscar Rosberg ... Self
Goran Asaad Goran Asaad ... Self
Maflih Bylund Maflih Bylund ... Self
Mikael Grip Mikael Grip ... Self
Andreas Åberg Andreas Åberg ... Self
Peter Nitschke Peter Nitschke ... Self
Marcus Hune Marcus Hune ... Self
Ole Schou Ole Schou ... Self - founder of the world's biggest sperm bank Cryos
Anni Stavling Anni Stavling ... Self
Luis Fierro Luis Fierro ... Self
Brygida Ohlsson Brygida Ohlsson ... Self


Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a role model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish life style, explores the existential black holes of a society that has created the most autonomous people in the world. Written by Fasad

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A peek into the 'real' Sweden
14 November 2016 | by WordsmithSee all my reviews

Let me say this first: I'm not a big fan of documentaries, because I watch movies to be immersed in a different world, away from 'real life'. In general fiction and romanticized movies only appear to do the trick for me.

Having said this, I find it quite intriguing that some reviewers have issues with this documentary's depth and (lack of) opinion. Why a documentary should have this eludes me. Wikipedia has a rather simple description of a documentary: "a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record".

That is what this documentary does do, without an enormous pain of an opinion. To me it tells a story about a highly sophisticated society which has issues most people don't know about and most Swedes don't care much about. Maybe it's just me - that I didn't know this yet - but I thought it quite educational. I live in a country that also prides itself for it's high level of individualism (Holland), but I think the Swedes gave that a whole new dimension, with a downside called isolation. One idea that particularly stuck with me is that (a high level of) certainty leads to boredom. The apparent emptiness in many shots showed this rather subtly and in general I thought the music nicely added to some of the statements made.

All in all, it may not be the best documentary made, but it is a peek into the real Sweden, which mostly gets overlooked. As another reviewer said, I think it would be wise to first watch this movie before deciding to move to the promised land, called Sweden.

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Release Date:

8 January 2016 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La teoria svedese dell'amore See more »

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Sweden See more »


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EUR890,000 (estimated)
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Fasad, Indie Film as See more »
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