A quite good movie, with a truly great performance by Max Von Sydow.
The film itself is overlong, and a bit too crowded with sub-plots that
don't get developed enough.
On the other hand, the intricate, specific details of the sad, Dickensian
world of this Danish farm in the late 19th century feel real, harsh, and
The young boy playing Pelle is good, but not as great as the role calls for.
But Von Sydow is so subtle, so heartbreaking, so complex that he almost lifts
this into 'great film' territory just by himself.