The Ox Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for The Ox the Movie

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Slow-moving, simple tale, set in rural Sweden in the 1860s during a famine. Desperate to feed his family a tenant farmer kills his employer's ox. Consumed by guilt, the man is quickly found out and sentenced to life imprisonment. Pardoned after six years, the farmer returns to his family, to find out his wife has survived by doing things he finds difficult to forgive. Based on a true story. Directorial debut of Nykvist, the longtime cinematographer for Ingmar Bergman, well displays his familiarity with composition and lighting to heighten mood. In Swedish with English subtitles.


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Available on VHS
Running time 93 minutes.
Originally from Swedish.

Cast and Crew

Family Ties, Period Piece: 19th Century, True Stories
Lasse Summanen, Sven Nykvist
Stellan Skarsgard, Ewa Froling, Lennart Hjulstrom, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Bjorn Granath, Erland Josephson
Sven Nykvist
Jean Doumanian, Sweetland Films AB, Castle Hill Productions, First Run Features

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