A Summer Tale

2000

Comedy / Drama / Family

142
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 3

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Anastasios Soulis as Mårten
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803.63 MB
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Swedish 2.0
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23.976 fps
91 min
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1.61 GB
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Swedish 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
91 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by AKS-6 6 / 10 / 10

Fine film

"Den bästa sommaren" is a very entertaining and charming Swedish film set in rural Sweden in the 1950s. Once again Ulf Malmros has written a great script (he also wrote the script for e.g. the Swedish "cult" tv-series "Rapport till himlen"). And once again Malmros works with Kjell Bergqvist who is simply brilliant in this film. The character suits him perfectly. So, basically, what's best about this film is Bergqvist, but the movie in itself is also very entertaining and funny.

Reviewed by Torgo_Approves 2 / 10 / 10

Kjell Bergkvist is amazing in this irresistible feel-good movie!

(r#60) Of all the good movies I've seen, shamelessly few of them have been Swedish. "Den Enfaldige Mördaren", "Att Angöra en brygga", "Nattvardsgästerna" and the cult flick "Frostbiten" come to mind. Now I can add "Den Bästa Sommaren" to the short list of Swedish films which are actually worth seeing. Because as much as I hate to admit it, this is a very good film. It's supremely well acted, well written and effectively pulls a few heartstrings at several moments. It's a brilliant movie. This coming from a self-confirmed hater of Swedish movies. I'm always skeptic about Swedish films because they always seem to have been written by a roomful of monkeys in five minutes, directed by some talentless hack-job the producers found outside Systembolaget, with neither charm nor production values. Strangely they all seem to be about angst, drinking, angsty lesbian teenagers, rape and angst. Did I mention angst? It's like a poor man's Bergman, only without the laughs. The brilliance of Den Bästa Sommaren is that none of my prejudices are confirmed in it. It is a simple but never boring story about two orphan kids who are sloppily thrown between equally uncaring foster parents. They're lonely and feel like no one loves them. When they are sent to stay at the undertaker Yngve Johansson's place for the summer holidays, they discover friendship as well as love and better a few people's lives in the process. This actually starts out as a hilarious comedy, despite the rather dark plot. This is where Kjell Bergqvist fits into the picture, as the depressed, socially challenged undertaker Johansson. I don't know why I've never seen this man in any other movies, because he is positively brilliant. He's fantastic. He embodies his nervous, twitchy and laughably pathetic character. Kjell plays Yngve Johansson to perfection and brings both laughs and tears as his well-written, 3-dimensional character develops throughout the film. Johansson is a character which we sometimes feel sympathy for, and sometimes hate utterly, which makes him as real as, well, a real person (this is rare in film, especially Swedish films, nowadays). As for the kids, they deliver as well. Anastasios Soulis convinces as the confused, scared boy Mårten who befriends the more self-confident, but also more cynical, girl Annika, brilliantly played by Rebecca Scheja. It is Johansson's spot-on cynicisms and questionable words of wisdom that carry the film and bring most of the humour. The cynical character saves the film from being a sappy, forgettable piece of fluff and makes it something much more human and easy to relate to. Yngve is a man we can understand and eventually grow to love despite his negative and lifeless surface. As racist, cynical, dull and pretentious as Johansson is, I still couldn't help but love him. Great acting which definitely deserved recognition. I've rambled enough. This is a great movie, not just a "good to be Swedish" type of flick, but a genuinely enjoyable, very well acted, and uplifting movie, carried on the shoulders of Kjell Bergqvist. You should see it. It's accessible to almost anyone and a success on all levels. Definitely one of the few genuinely great Swedish movies released. Ulf Malmros, if you can keep making movies as cute as this instead of trash like Tjenare Kungen, you might have staying power. Great work!

Reviewed by lambchopnixon 2 / 10 / 10

Completely insignificant Swedish kids-but-adult-themes movie

This is a weak film. It has themes that the kids of the right age to appreciate its childish plot aren't ready to grapple with: the little girl's dream of what to be when grown up is a prostitute; the adoptive father character calls a passing black man the Swedish for a "nig*er". The film has the usual little kids' plot but chucks in provocations like these.It really doesn't have much going for it at all. The film is like the wonderful Swedish film about another child with parental difficulties, but written at a remedial level. My Life as a Dog is a marvellous film with it's playing my the lead actors, magical plot full of odd occurrences but due to the strength of the writing, believable ones. There is even time for the side-plot of the dog that the boy has had to give up, the tragic results of this which are kept from him and what the imagination of the boy does with this dog's absence. THAT is the film to see. Give this hopeless one about undertaker and kids a miss.

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