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Rushing Into His Arms

Low-key but often very moving, "Rushing Into His Arms" is a depiction of heartfelt grief and the struggle to come to terms with the fact that someone loved is dead and gone. Subject matter won't pack theaters, but specialized distribs and festival programmers should take a look. Pic is the first feature in 15 years by director Lennart Hjulstrom, who works mainly in legit. It's based on a novel, which in turn was inspired by its author's struggle to deal with the death of her husband, a local politician from the north of Sweden who was killed in a plane crash.

With:
Monica Gunilla Nyroos Tore Reine Brynolfsson Older Lena Anna Bjork Younger Lena Hanna Nyroos Klas Alexander Lindstrom The Mother Cecilia Nilsson The Father Krister Henriksson The Patient Lena Engelbrektsson The Professor Goran Ragnerstam The Medium Gertrud Ekblad The Teacher Gerthi Kulle

Low-key but often very moving, “Rushing Into His Arms” is a depiction of heartfelt grief and the struggle to come to terms with the fact that someone loved is dead and gone. Subject matter won’t pack theaters, but specialized distribs and festival programmers should take a look.

Pic is the first feature in 15 years by director Lennart Hjulstrom, who works mainly in legit. It’s based on a novel, which in turn was inspired by its author’s struggle to deal with the death of her husband, a local politician from the north of Sweden who was killed in a plane crash.

As scripted by Hjulstrom, pic deals with both the sorrow of the surviving family members and (in flashbacks) the often turbulent relationship between Monica (Gunilla Nyroos, helmer’s real-life wife) and Tore (Reine Brynolfsson). Structure is a bit confusing at first, but once it becomes clear the flashbacks are Monica’s memories of their life together, the approach works well.

Pic is basically about inner life, with exterior events, including the crash, not shown. But it’s never dull; through his direction and excellent playing by the cast, Hjulstrom combines realism, dreams and fantasy into a bittersweet, appealing experience.

The film has its faults and, despite the short running time, could have done with further trimming. Still, it’s enough to make one hope that Hjulstrom doesn’t take another 15 years to appear with his next pic.

Rushing Into His Arms

Swedish

Production: A Svensk Filmindustri release (in Sweden) of a GotaFilm production, in association with SF and Swedish Television. (International sales: SF, Stockholm.) Produced by Christer Nilson. Directed, written by Lennart Hjulstrom, based on the novel "Karleks pris" by Yvonne Gronin.

Crew: Camera (color), Roland Lundin; editor, Kerstin Eriksdotter; music, Lars-Eric Brossner; art direction, Mona Theresia Forsen; sound (Dolby SR), Per Nystrom, Michael Lechner. Reviewed at Filmstaden Theater, Malmo, Sweden, Aug. 22, 1996. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: Monica Gunilla Nyroos Tore Reine Brynolfsson Older Lena Anna Bjork Younger Lena Hanna Nyroos Klas Alexander Lindstrom The Mother Cecilia Nilsson The Father Krister Henriksson The Patient Lena Engelbrektsson The Professor Goran Ragnerstam The Medium Gertrud Ekblad The Teacher Gerthi Kulle

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