A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.


Amanda Kernell


Amanda Kernell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj-Doris Rimpi Maj-Doris Rimpi ... Elle Marja / Christina (as Maj Doris Rimpi)
Olle Sarri ... Olle
Ánne Biret Somby Ánne Biret Somby ... Sanna
Bo Lundmark Bo Lundmark ... Prästen
Jörgen Stenberg Jörgen Stenberg ... Man som jojkar i kyrkan
Jonar Thomasson Jonar Thomasson ... Jon-Olov
Anna Sööfe Bull Kuhmunen Anna Sööfe Bull Kuhmunen ... Anna-Stina
Lene Cecilia Sparrok Lene Cecilia Sparrok ... Elle Marja / Christina
Mia Erika Sparrok Mia Erika Sparrok ... Njenna
Katarina Blind Katarina Blind ... Mamma Anna
Lillie Sparrok Lillie Sparrok ... Aahkka
Tom Kappfjell Tom Kappfjell ... Aajja
Dennis Winka Dennis Winka ... Kille i byn
Ulf Olofsson Ulf Olofsson ... Kille i byn
Felix Israelsson Felix Israelsson ... Kille i byn


In 1930s Lapland, the 14-year-old indigenous Sámi girl, Elle Marja, leaves the wild ancestral grounds and the family's reindeer camp to attend a remote draconian boarding school along with her younger sister, Njenna. However--as the bright rural student pursues a denied education and an opportunity, desirous of integrating herself into the modern Swedish society--a painful visit by a team of anthropologists paired by a traumatic experience will be the harsh reminders of an ever-present brutal prejudice and a deep-seated racism. Uppsala promises a bright future in the bustling metropolis, but to pass as a regular Swedish teenager, Elle Marja will have to make a greater sacrifice than just changing her name. But, can an outcast sever ties and renounce his proud lineage so easily? Written by Nick Riganas

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Perfection at its finest
7 August 2017 | by skt-lifeSee all my reviews

Even for a swede as me the story and history that this film brings up took me by big surprise. And not only that the cinematography, story, acting, well just everything was a solid 10 for me!!

And to be honest, I don't watch that many Swedish films as I usually prefer English speaking films from Britten and America. But this, this you just have to see. A true masterpiece from the writer/director Amanda Kernell and everyone else behind this piece of cinematic perfection!

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2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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