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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
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...
Published on 20 Nov 2010 by K. Gordon

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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. I know teenagers in Scandinavia are meant to be more "advanced" than what we're used to but this is completely ridiculous.
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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
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: A Swedish Love Story [DVD] (DVD)
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
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An anywhere love story...., 7 May 2012
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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 affection.so 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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5.0 out of 5 stars If there ever was such a thing..., 27 Aug 2013
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...as 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 wildlife is portrayed with such fine finesse in a courageously slow pace, that Andersson moved on to make one of his trademarks.

In it's resurrection of the 70s it's like travelling back in time - not only in its set designs and color grading, but as much in its mood and tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange but good romantic film, 21 April 2013
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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! Although there were some strange things happening (at one point a character is ,shockingly, slapped, but no-one says anything or reacts to the event!) and some of the characters are oddballs, overall it was an enjoyable experience
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story, 24 Jan 2011
I agree completely with the above, it really is a beautiful and sensitive portrayal of love becoming real rather than an idea.

Would also like to add, that the original title in Swedish actually translates: "A love story". Whoever added the Swedish into the translation of the title also made the film some injustice - love is probably most similar all over the world, nothing especially Swedish about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good picture Quality (for a 1970 movie), 18 July 2014
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Sensitive, romantic, authentic, very good picture Quality (for a 1970 movie)
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