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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
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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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Correct but one-sided & crestfallen, from this Swedish perspective
6 January 2018 | by this_placeSee all my reviews

This documentary palpates a well known problem here in Sweden. But one that isn't popular to spend resources on. Why? The reason might be similiar to how people sometimes vote for their dreams, as opposed to realistic outcomes. Simply put, people are busy living their lives and need more than nudging to be engaged in a problem that are actualized after retirement. I've been working in homecare-service (caring for the elderly in their homes) and isolation is definitely a significant problem amongst that population.

My issues with the one-sided nature of this documentary, stems from the lack of representation of the whole picture. Almost every scene seemed to be set up to visually invoke a sense of loneliness. Instead of portraying hipsters, inseminations and a single perspective from a doctor in Ethiophia, Gandini could've showed the positive side of life in Sweden, and more importantly explore possible solutions to emergent isolation in many urban socities.

Other problems with delayed discovery of deceased and the bureaucracy in the health sector, are systematic errors and I fail to see the basis of correlation to a solitary life.

A last note on the review by scissorbits ("Interesting for an immigrant in Sweden, explains a lot"), it was certainly intriguing to acquire a new frame of reference. And it touches on the current, and perhaps more acute, issue with integration. Sweden isn't socially barren, but it is a heavy challenge to make friends with the citizens, in this land of constricted groups of vikings.

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8 January 2016 (Sweden) See more »

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La teoria svedese dell'amore See more »

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