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Jerusalem (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 March 1997 (USA)
The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Bille August, Selma Lagerlöf (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Bonnevie ... Gertrud
Ulf Friberg ... Ingmar
Pernilla August ... Karin
Lena Endre ... Barbro
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Hellgum
Reine Brynolfsson ... Tim
Jan Mybrand ... Gabriel
Max von Sydow ... Vicar
Olympia Dukakis ... Mother (Mrs. Gordon)
Björn Granath ... Storm
Viveka Seldahl ... Stina
Sven Wollter ... Stor-Ingmar
Johan Rabaeus ... Eljas
Mona Malm ... Eva Gunnarsdotter
André Beinö André Beinö ... Ingmar som barn
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Storyline

The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a follower of the new Christian belief. The new priest is very mesmerizing and he wants his followers to emigrate with him to Palestine. Ingmar's sister decides to follow him and sells the home which has been the family's for centuries. The only way for Ingmar to save it is to marry the daughter of the man who buys it, Barbro. With Ingmar married to another, Gertrud cannot stay and follows the others to Palestine. However, Ingmar does not love Barbro. He is still in love with Gertrud and eventually follows her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

En film om trons makt och kärlekens styrka.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Iceland

Language:

Swedish | English | Russian

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerozolima See more »

Filming Locations:

Jämtlands län, Sweden See more »

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Budget:

SEK40,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (4 parts) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Based on a novel which in turn was based on the true story of when 37 villagers in Nås, Dalarna, Sweden, sold all their belongings and emigrated to Jerusalem in 1896. There, they joined the American Colony led by Anna Spafford (the movie's "Mother"), widow of Horatio who penned the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". Eventually, the colony crumbled, especially after Mrs. Spafford's death, and was ultimately dissolved amid inner conflicts. By then, many of the Swedish emigrants, not very used to the Middle Eastern climate and forbidden by Mrs. Spafford to accept any medical help, had succumbed. The last members of the original group passed away in Jerusalem in the 1960s, whereas descendants of others emigrated to the U.S. when the Israel-Palestinian conflicted started escalating in the late 1940s. See more »

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Version of Till österland (1926) See more »

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An outstanding epic narrated with mastery
1 April 2005 | by hedgehoggie_aSee all my reviews

The film is based on a novel by Selma Lagerlof and itself is indeed a magnificent epic of a Scandinavian spirit, though not that naive in its approach as one finds in, say, some famous epic movies based on Scottish history. In my eyes the film is a revelation of a fragile human story, full of obstacles and hard days, proceeded by a careful, attentive eye, and smooth in a sense that the sequence of events do not overshadow each other but rather form a nice waving flow, thus sustaining intensity not in separate scenes but rather as a whole, where each moment is masterfully organized. Also, though dealing with difficult issues, the film sees people not as a collection of scenes of despair, but as a continuous spirit, worth of admiration after all.

If you want an entertaining film in the narrow sense then I suggest this is not the right one to choose and you might be disappointed. Else, go and see it, it is rewarding in a sense of how much attention and openness you can give to it, a film its director Bille August did not manage to overtake by now, despite his expensive Hollywood attempts.


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