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The Border (2011)

Gränsen (original title)
December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their post at check-point 83 in Northern Värmland, Sweden, and make their way through the ice cold winter-night towards the border of Nazi-occupied ... See full summary »


Richard Holm
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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Sjöberg ... Aron Stenström
Martin Wallström ... Sven Stenström
Antti Reini Antti Reini ... Wille Järvinen
Marie Robertson Marie Robertson ... Karin Lindström
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Egil
Henrik Norlén ... Wicksell
Jonas Karlström Jonas Karlström ... Bergström
Johan Hedenberg ... Major Adolfsson
Anders Nordahl Anders Nordahl ... Axel Halvars
Rasmus Troedsson Rasmus Troedsson ... Kapten Keller
Jens Hultén ... Hagman
Robert Follin ... Uno Larsson
Donald Högberg Donald Högberg ... Överste Dunér
Anna Frykedahl Anna Frykedahl ... Fröken Lisa
Andreas Zetterberg Andreas Zetterberg ... Johansson


December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their post at check-point 83 in Northern Värmland, Sweden, and make their way through the ice cold winter-night towards the border of Nazi-occupied Norway. Sweden stands on the brink of invasion and the soldiers want to see the enemy everybody's talking about. But the adventure ends in disaster and the following day Lieutenant Aron Stenström finds out that his brother Sven is one of the missing soldiers. With the odds against him, he is forced to go on a secret rescue mission behind enemy lines. Deep in the Norwegian forest Aron realizes that a completely different kind of line must be crossed if they're to come out alive. Written by Anonymous

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Almost three hundred Swedish soldiers vanished without a trace during the war. This is a story of six of them. See more »


Action | Drama | War


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Swedish | German | Norwegian | Finnish

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Border See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German plan to invade Sweden found in the briefcase taken from the crashed German plane is named Operation Polarfuchs. However, in reality Operation Polarfuchs was a totally different operation, part of the joint German/Finnish attack on the Soviet Union from Northern Finland. See more »

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Makes Swedes appear as complete and utter morons.
10 October 2011 | by goranbrSee all my reviews

I wish I had read some review of this movie before I bought it on Blu-ray. Boy, what a waste of good money!

As a previous reviewer stated, I really was looking forward to a Swedish war movie. Perhaps the first of its kind to be made. As a Swede who have only heard my dad speak vaguely about what it was like to live in Sweden during the German occupation of Norway, I was looking for some portrayal of what it was like. As well as some good old-fashioned action of course!

However, I can only agree with previous reviewer that the characters acted so amateurishly and so unconvincingly stupid that I ended up swearing to myself during the whole movie. They must have slept right through their entire basic training. A seven-year-old who had played any computer war game would have picked them off one by one.

As an example: Who would be stupid enough, when pursued by German patrols in a foreign, occupied country, to light a fire in a cabin's fireplace and a number of kerosene lamps without shading the windows? Not posting any guard outside to warn of approaching enemy soldiers or even having their firearms within easy reach? They don't event seem vigilant but seem to be writing postcards. One guy even goes to the privy without his gun or helmet.

At the end, I almost stood up and applauded when a Swede got shot. I know it sounds horrible to say, but boy, these guys sure had it coming for being so unforgivably stupid as to put the whole country to shame. I hope nobody outside the country watches this or we will be the laughing-stock of the planet for years to come.

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