Unga Astrid (2018) is a Swedish,Danish movie. Pernille Fischer Christensen has directed this movie. Alba August,Maria Bonnevie,Trine Dyrholm,Henrik Rafaelsen are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2018. Unga Astrid (2018) is considered one of the best Biography,Drama movie in India and around the world.
Astrid Lindgren is shown growing up with her parents, a brother and two sisters in the countryside near Vimmerby Sweden on their farm, from age 16 up: going to church, attending dances, helping on the farm. She is offered an internship with the local newspaper after they published her essay. She has an affair with the unhappily married and older newspaper editor. When she becomes pregnant, he sends her to Stockholm for secretarial school. She gives birth in Denmark so as to help him avoid divorce complications. She ultimately decides not to marry him. She falls out with her family over her decision to keep her child and not leave him with his foster mother. She continues working as a secretary in Stockholm in an auto club and finally affords her own flat. When her boy finally comes to live with her, he is several years old. Finally in the end,, she reconciles with her family and they welcome their grandson home to visit.
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Although I do not really know neither Astrid Lindgren nor her characters Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, ... I loved the film which is based on the exceptional performance of the lead actress Alba August as well as an extremely neat photography. We might think that this film is jointly sponsored by the tourist offices and the ministries of culture of both Sweden and Denmark. This biopic traces the life of Astrid during a small decade, in the 20s. We discover first of all a talented, mischievous and dreamy teen, then a young, fighting and resilient woman. Although the intended public of the books is very young, that of the film excludes, in my humble opinion, the children. Instructive and moving!
This is a beautiful piece of Scandinavian film making that held me spellbound from the first minute. The story of Astrid Ericsson's (later Lindgren) early life unfolds lyrically, with sensitive handling of the many controversies that shaped the children's author. While the cinematography is beautiful, and all performances are great, Alba August carries the film with a magical performance as Astrid. Every moment is perfectly told through August's acting, and caught by the director. I would say that this film isn't quite as subtle as some Scandinavian films, but it's always difficult to fit life stories into a single film. This film made me want to see a series of films about Lindgren's entire life.
This film is very comparable with COLETTE. Both are biopics of major women authors who came along just before the great 20th Century advances in the status of women. In both, the repression and intolerance that still prevailed not so long ago are stunning. Both make up for their inability to incorporate very much of the literary contributions of their subjects with excellent production value and period look. Where COLETTE succeeds readily as a star vehicle, this film surprises by transporting the viewer so thoroughly into 1920s provincial Sweden. The lead actress, Alba August, is in nearly every shot and never disappoints. She reminds me of Lena Stolze or Julia Jentsch. If I had it to do over, I would read up a bit on each subject before seeing the respective movie.
Disclaimer: I'm not the first person who would watch this movie. I got dragged along with my friend to see it but I do know Lingren and know Pippi Longstocking. The movie starts out at a wonderful pace. We are introduced to a ton of interesting characters. The pace is high and the music fits perfectly. We get to know Astrid, her family, where she lives and the jobs she does. This all changes as she takes on a job as an intern. Some drastic things happen (I won't spoil what) and the focus shifts. This results in us seeing more of Astrid and less of the rest of the cast. The people she talks to don't get enough screen time to grow attached to. And the movie starts dragging. And dragging. It got so bad I literally had trouble keeping my eyes open. And here's where to me the major flaw in this movies lies. The script. It's as if the writers focused so much on one aspect they forget that a movie should always be entertaining. With the pace being so low this very uneventful part of the story feels even worse. They got all these characters but you rarely get to see them. You don't know what how their relationship develops over the years. No one is singled out except for Astrid. But to make a movie work you have to have interaction. There are however, still a couple of highlights. The ending is nice, the pace picks up again and we are finally reunited with characters we met at the beginning. So all in all it's definitely worth watching for Lindgren fans, but I can't really recommend it for other moviegoers.
The film itself is excellent and Alba August, who portrays Astrid, is unbelievably good in her role and well supported by the rest of the cast. The cinematography is awe-inspiring and you really do feel that you are in early 20th Sweden. My only quibble, which prevents me from giving a full 10 stars, is that I feel it doesn't really provide the answer to the central question : why and how did Astrid Lindgren become the world-famous author of children's stories which, instead of simply preaching morality, encouraged children to give a bit of free rein to their childhood? The film attempts to do this, of course, but in a somewhat "Hollywoodian" manner (Astrid is distraught at having had to give her son born out of wedlock to foster care for some time and, when she recovers her son, uses her story-telling powers to reconnect with him), but I can't believe that this was the single driving force. The film also glides over what in more modern times would be considered as somewhat unsettling behavior : a secretary who simply cannot resist sleeping with, not one but two married bosses (and ultimately marrying the second one, who left his wife for her). The first situation is glossed over by portraying the wife as an already unstable personage prior to her husband's meeting Astrid, the second is ignored entirely (a note in the credits explains that she married Mr. Lindgren but not that he left his wife for her). I know that Astrid Lindgren has, quite properly, been considered considered a heroine to generations of children (and their parents), but I thought this was sweetening the sugar, so to speak. Still, an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable film.