Unga Astrid [Becoming Astrid] (2018)

Unga Astrid
Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen
Cast: Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen, Magnus Krepper, Björn Gustafsson
Seen on: 18.12.2018

Coming from a poor farmer’s family, Astrid (Alba August) is a driven young woman who jumps at the chance to work at the local newspaper when she is 16 years old. She gets along well with the editor-in-chief Reinhold Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). In fact, they start to have an affair. When Astrid ends up pregnant, it’s a wake-up call for her. She goes to Denmark to have her son there. As she is in no position to raise him herself, she leaves him with a foster family, but is resolved to get him back as soon as possible. But building a life as a young woman is no easy task.

Becoming Astrid is an interesting biopic that isn’t made by the fact that it is about famous writer Astrid Lindgren – it would have been just as engaging if it had been a film about a woman called Astrid who doesn’t rise to fame later-on. I really enjoyed it.

The film poster showing Astrid Lindgren (Alba August) and her son on a train.
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Blind (2014)

Director: Eskil Vogt
Writer: Eskil Vogt
Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt
Part of: Scope50
Seen on: 06.02.2015

Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) suffers from an illness that has left her completely blind. She hasn’t left her apartment since it happened, instead trying to focus on her writing. But her imagination keeps running away with her – not only when it comes to her fictional characters Elin (Vera Vitali) and Einar (Marius Kolbenstvedt), she also keeps thinking that her boyfriend Morten (Henrik Rafaelsen) keeps sneaking back into their apartment instead of going to work to watch her as she writes.

Blind is a film full of fantasy, humor and emotion. I liked both idea and execution – I’m just not sold on the ending. But altogether I really enjoyed the film.

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