(out of 5)
This excellent film is one of the best records of childhood since The 400 Blows. Anton Glanzelius is excellent as a little boy growing up in the big city whose mother takes seriously ill and he is sent to live with relatives in the Swedish countryside. He is welcomed immediately by his eccentric uncle and loving family as he experiences growing pains with the charming assortment of children. Lots of terrific episodes, all centred around the child’s comparing himself and his problems to other disasters that he’s read about occurring to other people. Intelligent and shrewd, it is also touching and sentimental without ever being obvious about it. Lasse Hallstrom first made an international mark for himself with this classic, and it is still considered his best film.
Cinematography by Jorgen Persson
Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl
Music by Bjorn Isfalt
Production Design by Lasse Westfelt