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A Swedish Love Story [DVD]

Ann-Sofie Kylin , Rolf Sohlman , Roy Andersson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom
  • Directors: Roy Andersson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AGAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,255 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love in beautiful surroundings during the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships, disillusionment, and world-weariness of adult life around them.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Swedish ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The debut feature of Swedish director Roy Andersson, this deceptively simple romantic drama tells the story of the relationship that develops between two Stockholm teenagers, Annika (Ann-Sofie Kylin) and Par (Rolf Sohlman). Meeting at a family gathering in the countryside at the height of summer in 1970, the two youngsters have soon carved out their own passion-infused reality, oblivious to the disillusionment and social tensions in the adult world that surrounds them. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...A Swedish Love Story (1970) ( En Kärlekshistoria )

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story of first love 20 Nov 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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One of the most realistic portraits of teen-age love I've ever seen.
Sensual, sad, and funny. Two terrific lead performances. Very different
from Andersson's later, much more surreal films. This is grounded in an
amazingly universal reality.

The only weak spot is how the secondary stories of the grown ups around
them take over the last third of the film. These are interesting and
entertaining characters, but it's a bit like 'Romeo and Juliet'
suddenly became about Friar Tuck. Andersson is exploring
class and politics in Sweden, and the point is to set the kids'
innocence against that. But I still feel it's a bit unbalanced.

But all that aside, this is a film I love for the way it captures that
moment where love becomes something real, not just an idea,
and sensuality becomes a part of your life. It's ironic that it's called
'A Swedish Love Story', because - aside from a few cultural markers -
this could be anywhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shot with insight and sensitivity. 7 Dec 2011
Not so sure the last third was the 'weak' part of this film. Seems to me the stories (adult disillusionment / class politics) which emerge more clearly later in the movie serve only to throw 'the love story' into bolder relief. I didn't find this unbalanced. Rather, it seemed to me to level any misty-eyed sentimentality that might have crept up on you when the love of Annika and Par was theirs alone. As with real love, when it flourishes and spills over into the real world, other people become involved. Not always nice, but always true. The last third is perhaps less attractive (or perhaps less charming) for this reason, but it's no less meaningful. Anyway, a wonderful film. Great cinematography. Shot with insight and sensitivity. Great performances too. There was no weak part in this film. I really felt I'd travelled. Jim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Swedish Love story 22 Jan 2012
By meeky
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This classic piece of cinema is a beautifully crafted work. It focuses on two teenagers in the most delightful and realistic way. The locations really put you there with them, in Sweden in 1970. My only criticism is the amount of cigarettes they smoke, it is as if it were sponsored by a major tobacco company. Great film all the same though. First class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 2 Dec 2011
By Phil
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This is surely the most perfecty realised of first-love movies. Annika and Par are believably real, not stereotypes. There's much poetry and truth. For example, in the beautifully edited sequence of passionate longing looks across a crowded bar, or the famous scene when Par rides back to the heartbroken Annika on his motorbike. Even the little touches, such as Annika making food sandwiches for Par, or their dancing on the bed after their first night together, are just right. What you get, on top, is the director's awesome respect for ordinary people: usually it's just just the middle-class that's allowed to be quirky. Few directors portray the working class with such understanding. Definitely perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anywhere love story.... 7 May 2012
By stylepuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
If you're old enough to have been a teenager in the early 70's when this film was made, then it's bound to be an extraordinary nostalgia trip back to an imaginary Summer of your youth. That dreamy Summer when you rode around town on your moped without a helmet, when you smoked like a chimney (without really inhaling) just 'cos it looked cool and when you wore your jeans skintight and ankle-length on purpose and not because they must have recently shrunk. More importantly, it's that Summer when you fell in love for the first time with that boy or girl you could never quite bring yourself to talk to - so you got your friend to do it for you.

A Swedish Love Story (which is just called 'A Love Story' in Sweden) manages to do what nostalgia does - to be very true and yet idealised at one and the same time. The depiction of first love is incredibly touching and funny, the performances of the teenagers are amazingly real and unmannered and the movie manages to be completely charming without resorting to schmaltz. The love story between Pär and Annika is set against a backdrop of much more troubled adult relationships around them and although these inevitably intrude into the teenagers lives, they never derail their growing bond. You can't help wondering what today's teenagers would make of it, apart from probably loving the 70's fashions, but then maybe some things never change?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 11 April 2014
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what an absolutely lovely film ! The progression of the teenagers love is handled so beautifully,from merely glancing at one another,to dealing through intermediaries because of shyness and fear of rejection,to the first kiss and a growing,deepening realistic when Par is humiliated by the local bully in front of his girlfriend and he thinks things are over and she will not be interested in him again,only to be replaced and healed by a loving embrace which makes all right again.
The lead performances are superb,one minute acting like kids,the next as intense lovers.This is best seen when they have the house to themselves for a night;messing about with the tape recorder and guitar,eating rather dry looking salami on bread yet,all the time one can feel the tension rising to the inevitable conclusion when they explore each others bodies and then sleep together for the night.Do they take each others virginity? one would expect so,yet Anneka is only 13 and Par so obviously loves her that he would not want to hurt her.Perhaps they just love being close,feeling safe in each others arms.Then in the morning,there they are larking about just like kids again dancing on the bed. This lovely scene was shot in 1970,if there was a remake today,one can be sure that the sexual element would have been much more explicit,but would it have been any better? I doubt it.
As to the final portion which is dominated by the dysfunctional,bizarre and zany antics of the so called "adults".Surely,the lovers safely and quietly snuggled down in some secure out house act as a contrast to the ructions going on outside.As john rants about his daughter being "rich,rich ,rich",there she is,really forgotten about,but safe,secure and loved in the arms of Par.
A truly lovely story,beautifully acted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous story for kids so young.
Totally unrealistic story. Both main characters are only supposed to be 13 years old, but they both continuously smoke and ride motorbikes as though they were adults. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicko
5.0 out of 5 stars If there ever was such a thing... a Scandinavian Mood - Roy Andersson captures it perfectly in this masterpiece.

The ever true story of finding your way into adulthood from the fragile teenage... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Roger Henrichsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but good romantic film
Although this film is from the 70's it still seems fresh today. I knew little about the film, but acting on a vague memory of a trailer I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did! Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Ludlam
2.0 out of 5 stars What boring teenagers
After reading so many rapturous reviews of this film I thought I would be in for a treat. Hmmm, what a disappointment. These teenagers were so boring. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bex
2.0 out of 5 stars found it rather sad
Call me old fashioned but the idea of two 13 years olds chain smoking all the time is to me at least rather sad. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by M. Fairman
3.0 out of 5 stars swedish film
Ok, good quality but arrived a little later than expected. -Maybe only because the destination was Italy - it was sent to Italy over the holiday period too.
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by oco
3.0 out of 5 stars Film is from 1970
This is a very decent Swedish film. However, amazon should note that the film is from 1970. If you are interested in Swedish film get a copy. Otherwise pass.
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Jackal
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story
I agree completely with the above, it really is a beautiful and sensitive portrayal of love becoming real rather than an idea. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Pipsisien
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