According to Swedish law, execution method for those convicted of witchcraft was breaking wheel for men and decapitation and burning for women. Atleast 50% of those convicted of witchcraft in Finland (part of Sweden at the time) were men. See more »
Beautifully done movie, nice landscapes, and seems true to the late 1600's in costuming. Yes, the characters get lost in their tangled relationships which makes it harder to follow the action. But it is such a very somber theme. Let us commend the filmmakers for revisiting this painful history in their country, for this history needs to be preserved so that we never go there again! The witchcraft trials in this film are almost contemporaneous with the 1692 Salem Witch Trials in New England.
Oh - languages spoken in the film are both Finnish and Swedish. The Åland Islands are an autonomous part of Finland, wherein 95% of the Åland population speaks Swedish as their first language (so says Wikipedia). There is a lot of Swedish spoken in this film. In fact, in one scene, someone is actually ordered to speak Swedish.
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