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The main character's name, Fanny Zander, is a reference to Ingmar Bergman's movie, Fanny and Alexander (1982).
For the role of Gottfried, director Colin Nutley was afraid to ask actor Ernst Günther to shave off his trademark beard. Finally, Nutley took the chance and Günther agreed.
The farmer couple Axel and Ruth (Sven Wollter and Viveca Sedahl) were a REAL couple from 1971 to 2001 when Viveca died in cancer.