Pelle the Conqueror (1987)


“No one’s gonna fool me. I musn’t take the first offer. ” – Lassefar

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After his wife’s death, a Swedish peasant travels to Denmark with his young son in order to start life again.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been curious about for so many years but since I have always tried to avoid movies in foreign languages, it never was much of an option for me.

Since I’ve recently tried to expand my movie watching repertoire, I have been trying to watch more foreign language films and decided that it was time to finally check this one out.

The story itself is quite interesting and I liked the way that they take a very simple idea and manage to keep it interesting over nearly 2 and a half hours.

Max Von Sydow is great here and was very deserving of his Best Actor nomination at the Oscars that year even if it he didn’t stand a chance against Dustin Hoffman’s performance in Rain Man (1988) (Not many performances that year or in most years would).

They do an excellent job showing the contrasting lifestyles of the different classes and I especially was impressed by the minute detail of some of it.

A great example is the fact that we constantly see flies and other vermin flying around the peasants without them even reacting to it since they are so use to it happening.

The cinematography is also great and we get to see some great landscape shots of Denmark over the course of the film.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that despite being quite simple, actually manages to stay interesting the entire time. Von Sydow is great as the caring father and was deserving of his Best Actor nomination at the Oscars, but there was no way that he was going to be able to beat Hoffman in Rain Man (1988).  The contrasting way that life for different classes at the time is shown quite well and in minute detail. The cinematography is great and we get to see some great landscapes. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Only the second Danish film to scoop the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Babette’s Feast (1987) having done it the year before. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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