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This is an English-subtitled, spliced-together historical epic which runs to over two hours. It depicts the fate of two star-crossed young lovers at the time of the Crusades, when Sweden's feudal ruling families were in constant conflict and -- in the holy land -- Christians and Muslims fought bitter battles to secure Jerusalem.
It's richly detailed and was originally filmed in two episodes which have been stitched together for the international audience. The plotting is at times rather more 'Hollywood' than 'Scandinavian', with the evil-doers hamming it up somewhat while they do their worst to Arn - the knight templar - and his beloved, Cecilia. if you're at all familiar with recent Swedish / Scandi tv series then you'll recognise many of the actors - Stellan Skarsgard does not have a particularly massive role, nor does Simon Callow, but Sofia Helin (Saga from the Bridge) is the film's linchpin.
There are some excellent fight sequences, superb horsemanship, atmospheric battle scenes set in the desert and a fair dollop of romance. The interplay between Arn and Saladin is particularly well handled - a delicately nuanced relationship in which deathly enemies can accord each other great respect.

It may be a little long and slowly-paced for some - but it's an interesting angle on this historical era which not only explores what happened in the desert, but also illuminates Sweden's struggle towards peaceful unity.
7/10
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on 21 April 2017
Good story I would have liked more battles, this is more of a mature family film than the action adventure I usually watch.
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on 4 May 2017
Very enjoyable. A good story, not overacted like so many depicting the time of the crusades.
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on 13 July 2017
Good Product. Excellent. Thank you *****
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on 29 July 2017
The story that helped unite Sweden was more "blood and guts" than reality.
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on 25 April 2014
Purchased film with several other Period themes and most unexpectedly turned out to the best of the lot! Plot follows the male lead and the trials and tribulations of his life, Excellent film
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on 2 June 2014
to be fair just learning my history on the knights Templars and this is love story but still a great film never the less
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on 4 November 2012
This has to be one of the best films I have ever seen. Initially I had doubts thinking the whole thing would be in Swedish but as I watched it became clear that the switching of language added to the enjoyment enormously. The dialogue weaves a texture to the film adding another unexpected dimension. Wonderful, simply wonderful...
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on 27 July 2017
Great
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on 8 August 2017
Bloody good...
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