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The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden. Written by
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Everything's gonna be fine.
Tell it again.
This new country we're going to is very different.
Talk more about it.
They put raisins in the pork roast and butter on the bread. They put a lot of butter on the bread. Brandy is cheap as water and it is so strong that it knocks you off. But your father can take it, Pelle, because he's strong.
And children are free all day.
Yes, Pelle, yes.
Tell it again.
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Pelle the Conqueror won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film when it
was originally released. Although I did not see it then, it is
certainly easy to see why it received that answer. It is an unsparing
tale of the life of a Swedish immigrant father and son (Max von Sydow
and Pelle Hvenegaard) who have come to Denmark following the death of
wife and mother and found work as laborers on a farm in a desolate
seaside landscape. It is, to avoid giving details, a terrible life. I'm
told that this is a very thin slice from a four-volume novel. So
despite the film's 2-1/2 hour length, what we're shown is a tiny piece
of a much larger canvas. Max von Sydow, a famous actor in his day, is
superb as the elderly father of young Pelle but the child's role is
also very well acted, and the direction by Bille August who also wrote
the screenplay is unobtrusive but sure-handed. Since it is set in the
19th Century, there is nothing dated about this film. It is a
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