Pelle the Conqueror [Import]
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The 1988 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language and The Grand Prix Award winner at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Pelle the Conqueror is about the course each man must steer in following his dreams. Drunken and defiant laborer Lasse Karlsson (a transcendent Max Von Sydow) and his young son Pelle (Pelle Hevenegaard) migrate from Sweden to Denmark in search of farm work. They find it -- along with much more than they bargained for -- on the Kongstrup farm. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Personally, I watched the Oscars that year exclusively to cheer for Pelle the Conqueror and even more specifically for Max Von Sydow, who turned in the performance of a lifetime. From the moment I began watching the film to the moment it ended, I never lost my sense of absolute immersion. It was, in truth, a grueling experience... because like so many Scandinavian films, Pelle is not a "feel good" story and doesn't have a happy ending. It doesn't have a happy beginning or middle, either. I'm straining my memory to remember a full happy minute, actually. Max Von Sydow is so thoroughly convincing as the widower father of 12-year-old Pelle Hvenegaard that I couldn't help but bear his anguish as all his hopes for a better life for his son get trampled. Even though I was fairly young when the film came out, Von Sydow led me to understand a poor father's burden. When I saw this movie in the theater in 1988, I was told by a friend it was "part one" and that the subsequent film would give viewers a little more resolution as young Pelle escapes to try to reach America... I waited and waited for that sequel, because I believed in these characters and wanted a better life for them; that's how powerful the film was to me.
So why only 4 stars? Because the DVD (to date -- these things sometimes change) does not contain the whole film.Read more ›
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.
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Max von Sydow magnificently plays a certain type of Scandinavian man, maybe his best film of the ones I've seen. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by Professor Joseph L. McCauley
The story behind this movie was very touching. My Great-Great Grandfather went AWOL and came to America about the time this movie is set. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
a very good story and well acted I would highly recomend itPublished on April 21 2001 by patrick murphy
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