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Under the Sun (1998)

Under solen (original title)
Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.

Director:

Colin Nutley

Writers:

H.E. Bates (novel), Johanna Hald | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rolf Lassgård ... Olof
Helena Bergström ... Ellen Lind
Johan Widerberg ... Erik Jonsson
Gunilla Röör ... Newspaper Receptionist
Jonas Falk Jonas Falk ... Preacher
Linda Ulvaeus Linda Ulvaeus ... Lena
Bergljót Arnadóttir Bergljót Arnadóttir ... Shop assistant
Per Sandberg Per Sandberg ... Undertaker
Rikard Wolff ... Narrator (voice)
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Olof lives alone on his family's farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Once a sailor, Erik brags of having known hundreds of women. Out of the blue, Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper, and Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house and, as the summer goes on, Olof's heart and Erik's desire as well. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Årets stora julfilm!

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Sweden's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2000's Oscar. See more »

Connections

Remake of Country Matters: The Little Farm (1973) See more »

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A beautiful film, both visually and in story ... stunning
31 October 2001 | by ungerchSee all my reviews

We loved this film. In a time of fast action, surprise, and worst-case scenarios, this is a human drama about living, love, relationship, and truth. The cinematography is stunning. Warm, golden hues of a Swedish summer ... and a reminder of life outside of our current era of technology and speed.

A story of two people falling in love for who they are ... not titles. Many visual and cinematographic metaphors and allusions.

A beautiful and touching film.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,875, 5 August 2001

Gross USA:

$316,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$316,020
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DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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