Fanny and Alexander

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Released 1982

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Director:
Ingmar Bergman
Released:
1982
Rating:
R
Fanny and Alexander is an autobiographical drama from the acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman. The story takes place in a quiet Swedish town and revolves around the exciting and interesting children of the Ekdahl household. The parents, Oscar and Emilie (Allan Edwall and Ewa Froling), are the director and the leading lady of a local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief customers and guest. After Oscar's unexpected death, Emilie (the grieving widow) marries the town bishop to give stability for her children. She then moves them to his harsh and forbidding village. After the move the children are soon lonely and frightened and find comfort in their grandmother (Gunn Wallgren). The central theme revolves around the grandmother trying to comfort and raise these children. Isak, a local Jewish merchant who is the grandmother's lover and whose odd household becomes the children's refuge, plays a great role in the later part of the film. Fanny and Alexander won the 1984 Best Foreign Film Oscar for its depiction of a family in the early twentieth century.moreless

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