MOVIE REVIEWS FOR FILM ENTHUSIASTS
BY HENRY DE LA ROSA
NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD!
STARRING: Joakim Natterqvist, Stellan Skarsgard, Milind Soman, Michael Nyqvist, Sofia Helin, Vincent Perez and Bibi Andersson
DIRECTOR: Peter Flinth
SYNOPSIS: A forbidden love affair requires a Swedish boy, educated in the monastery, to do penance in the Holy Land.
RUNNING TIME: 139 Mins
THE GOOD: This film was a joint venture between Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany. It is Scandinavia’s most expensive film ever produced.
The film features a high-end international cast.
All languages are represented (Swedish, English, Arabic, French and Latin) as they should be and this gives a new found reality to this fictional tale.
THE BAD: Some questions are never answered… and that always bothers me. And some of the drama can seem like a soap opera. But the good out weights the bad. And there is plenty good here.
THE UGLY: Small subtitles… I had to sit two feet away from my 32” flat screen in order to read them.
MY SCORE: ****
(4 OUT OF 5 STARS)
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