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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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Interesting for an immigrant in Sweden, explains a lot
27 October 2016 | by scissorbitsSee all my reviews

There is a niche audience for this film- it is the new immigrant to Sweden. I myself have been living in Sweden now for 5 years and I have suffered extreme loneliness since moving here. Many foreigners will agree that it's extremely difficult to make new friends in Sweden and acclimatize to the social isolation. This film clarified the cultural significance of this phenomenon within a historical context. It answered such questions as: Why do most people not know their neighbors? Why does it feel so isolating compared to my homeland? Why does nobody talk about how strange it all seems? How did it become this way?

I can understand why this wouldn't be interested to a.) someone who doesn't live in Sweden or b.) a Swede who was raised here and sees it as business as usual.

But since I have wondered about all this for some time, it was elucidating.

I don't agree with the contrast between Sweden and Ethiopia, however. In the film, Ethiopia is described to be poor in wealth but rich in community, while Sweden is financially wealthy yet socially barren. Societies in such countries as Ethiopia have complex social systems which are restricting in their own ways and should not be romanticized as utopian.

The masturbation scene will sadly not allow me to show this to my parents, since they are old and prudish. Just a fair warning if you want to show this to your old and prudish parents too.

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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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