Screen Time: 75%
Age: 13 years old
Directed: Roy Andersson
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, Romance
En Kärlekshistoria (A Swedish Love Story) depicts the love between the two teenagers Annika and Pär. The film describes all the uncertainty, fear, tenderness and joy that they experience together. In the background is their parent's reality, the lost generation of the Swedish welfare state. Their lonely dreams about the future is lost in the everyday routine with the auto repair shop and refridgerator agency.
Movie ReviewsOne of the greatest films of its decade;
a classic in the 'coming-of-age' genre..
When Pär (Rolf Sohlman) meets Annika (Ann-Sofie Kylin) something magical happens! At first the two teens do not quite know what it is - they have never been in love before, they do not know how to react. But as time goes by it becomes apparent that Pär and Annika were meant for each other. Slowly but surely their parents also begin to see what everyone else already knows.
Director Roy Anderson's En Kärlekshistoria a.k.a A Swedish Love Story (1970) is a surprisingly mature effort at describing teenage love to those who have never experienced it. Honest, sweet, and beautifully shot this is also a film that captures marvelously the spirit of a country on the verge of a massive economic crisis.
The greatest strength of this picture, a key element that will reappear in Anderson's later works, is the meticulous character exploration made possible by long and devoid of unnecessary glamour takes. The director's camera is frequently focused at accentuating different aspects from the main protagonists' personas that would have likely escaped the viewer's attention. A simple twitch, sigh, or glance is typically treated with utmost respect. Logically, such enormous emphasis on detail provide Anderson's work with a near documentary feel, a sense of intimacy many directors are incapable of achieving.