Overpowering tale of a Swedish boy and his widower father who serve landowners in late 19th-century Denmark. Compassionate saga of human spirit contains numerous memorable sequences. Hvenegaard is wonderful as young Pelle, but von Sydow delivers what is probably his finest performance as a sympathetic weakling. American distributors foolishly trimmed the film by some 20 minutes (140 minute version). From the novel by Martin Anderson Nexo. In Swedish with English subtitles.
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Available on VHS
Running time 160 minutes.
Originally from Swedish, Danish.
Oscars 1988: Foreign Film; Cannes 1988: Film; Golden Globes 1989: Foreign Film.
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