Review: ‘Karlekens Himmelska Helvete’

Overbearing comedy about a wedding in the north of Sweden is a failed attempt at the kind of seemingly improvised pix that film innovators Emir Kusturica and Fellini have made. Pic is doomed to B.O. failure both in Sweden and abroad.

Overbearing comedy about a wedding in the north of Sweden is a failed attempt at the kind of seemingly improvised pix that film innovators Emir Kusturica and Fellini have made. Pic is doomed to B.O. failure both in Sweden and abroad.

Made by husband-and-wife team Agneta Fagerstrom-Olsson and John O. Olsson, pic was born out of wish to make a film outside of Stockholm. It was written by Staffan Gothe, an acclaimed playwright, and made in collaboration with a theater group in the north of Sweden. While all this is commendable, it’s a pity the result isn’t better. Focusing on an outside wedding, where the groom is a man from the big city, pic tries to give entertaining portraits of a group of odd people. But the loud-mouthed over-acting kills any audience interest, and in the end this is a party one wishes one had not been invited to.

Karlekens Himmelska Helvete

(SWEDISH)

Production

Giraff Film AB presents a Sveriges Television TV2/Stillelsen Svenska Filminstitutet/Nordisk Film-TV-Fond/OV Filmfotograferna AB/Filmpool Nord production. Produced by John O. Olsson. Directed by Agneta Fagerstrom-Olsson. Screenplay, Staffan Gothe. Camera (color), Olsson; editor, Christian Loman; music, Erik Petersen; production design, Ulla Kassius; sound, Jan Brodin, Asa Lindgren-Dawidson. Reviewed at the Victoria Cinema, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 12, 1993. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Manfred ... Johan Hagglund Momma ... Marita Nordberg Eilert ... Asko Sarkola Tage ... Rolf Skoglund Ingrid ... Rea Mauranen Jules ... Charles Barton Kicki ... Agneta Ahlin Ritz ... Krister Henriksson
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