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Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

Cast: Elisabeth Matheson, Elisabeth Matheson, Björn Skagestad, more...
Director: Liv Ullmann, Liv Ullmann
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Studio: Homevision
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Germany, Scandinavia
Running Time: 187 min.
Subtitles: English
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This medieval period drama from Norway is based on Scandinavian-author Sigrid Undset's classic novel. The story is set in Norway's Gudbrandsdal valley during the 14th century. The tale begins when Kristin is 7-years-old and living a peaceful, relatively happy life with her family. It has not always been so happy though, as her parents have already buried three sons and nearly lost Kristin's little sister in a logging accident. Though still quite young, Kristin has been betrothed to marry Simon Darre, a wealthy neighbor's son. Unfortunately, the young girl already prefers the company of Arne to Simon. Time passes and Kristin suffers an attempted rape in the forest. She is confused by the act and asks her family to send her to a convent. Later the young woman sees a handsome knight, Erlend Nikulausson, and falls head-over-heels. Unfortunately, Erlend has more pressing romantic problems trying to deal with his previous lover. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Slow but steady, this epic has a personal flavor by CHutchings June 4, 2005 - 11:59 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
While I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised at how long this film seems, I was pleased at how confidently Ms. Ullmann handles this 3 hour plus mediavel weepie.A thousand miles from the typical Dark Ages sturm and drang, don't go in expecting a Kingdom of Heaven or 13th Warrior. The film is a feast for the eye with authentic locations and settings with amazing historic music. The narrative is an exhausting look at the highly unlikely chance of living with the man of one's dreams in a medieval setting. High body count doesn't indicate crusader battles but a grim and unvarnished look at the hardness of premodern life. Not for the easily distracted or bored, this one is worth sitting through with the right mindset.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.94)
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