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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

Pelle erobreren (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 December 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume ...
Fru Kongstrup / Mrs. Kongstrup
Axel Strøbye ...
Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen ...
Rud
Kristina Törnqvist ...
Anna
Karen Wegener ...
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Jomfru Sine / Miss Sine
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Niels Køller
Buster Larsen ...
Ole Køller
John Wittig ...
Skolelærer / School teacher
Troels Munk ...
Læge / Doctor
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ...
Præst / Clergyman
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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 Mattias Thuresson

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De trodde att världen skulle bli deras

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$974 (USA) (17 March 2017)

Gross:

$2,053,931 (USA)
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Max von Sydow appears in The Best Intentions (1992), also directed by Bille August. Both films won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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[first lines]
Pelle: Father?
Lassefar: Everything's gonna be fine.
Pelle: Tell it again.
Lassefar: This new country we're going to is very different.
Pelle: Talk more about it.
Lassefar: 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.
Pelle: And children are free all day.
Lassefar: Yes, Pelle, yes.
Pelle: Tell it again.
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Deserves all the awards it won
25 March 1999 | by (england) – See all my reviews

I was very surprised to see there is only one comment for this film despite of many awards it won. I watched it several years ago, but I can still feel the winter sunshine of Denmark and the boy (I really felt as he felt)who acted as if there were no script or camera around. The scene(you have to see it),the half-witted boy volunteered to get beaten,still keeps me thinking. I wish I was an English to express well enough. I cannot say this is my favorite, but for the first and the last time, I watched a film with intense near physical pain. I don't know whom to recommend but watch it when you feel calm rather than feel good. But it's not depressing at all.


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