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Becoming Astrid (2018)

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Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alba August ... Astrid
Maria Bonnevie ... Hanna
Trine Dyrholm ... Marie
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Blomberg
Magnus Krepper ... Samuel
Björn Gustafsson ... Sture
Marius Damslev Marius Damslev ... Lasse tre år
Willy Ramnek Petri Willy Ramnek Petri ... Gunnar
Liv LeMoyne Liv LeMoyne ... Saga
Sofia Karemyr Sofia Karemyr ... Madicken
Mira Mitchell Mira Mitchell ... Berta
Maria Fahl-Vikander Maria Fahl-Vikander ... Astrid 1987 (as Maria Fahl Vikander)
Maria Alm Norell Maria Alm Norell ... Olivia
Lars Väringer ... KAK direktör
Eric Ericson ... Läkare (as Eric Ericsson)
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Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | Danish

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Astrid See more »

Filming Locations:

Västra Götaland, Sweden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,361, 25 November 2018

Gross USA:

$120,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$938,766
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2.35 : 1
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The project began after director Pernille Fischer Christensen read a newspaper article about the youth of Astrid Lindgren, where she became a young mother and her baby was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. See more »

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Wonderful! Exquisitely made, with charm and grace. I was drawn right in and intensely entertained
19 June 2019 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I'm from the US, with my own cultural pre-sets for entertainment and narratives (can't help it!). This Swedish movie was nonetheless easy for me to identify with and get deeply engrossed by. Yes, it tracked Astrid and the characters in her life a little differently from I'm used to - but that only added to its charm and intrigue. Young star Alba August incredibly portrayed Astrid at various ages - and not as a stunt of fancy make-up, but as a real and vivid character growing and evolving. I can totally see the Astrid in this movie creating Pippi Longstocking my own kids, and the world, loved.

Back to the "other culture" Swedish thing - I found I could not predict each new development at all - but I also resonated with each new phase, and understood and identified with each aspect, some rather poignant, of Astrid's life. Lastly, while some foreign movies can be depressingly heavy and dull, Becoming Astrid was bright, loving, and intensely enjoyable.


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