Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: Kronjuvelerna
Sweden, 2011. Filmlance International AB, Sveriges Television, Film i Väst, Svenska Filminstitutet. Story by Carina Dahl, Screenplay by Ella Lemhagen. Cinematography by Anders Bohman. Produced by Lars Blomgren, Tomas Michaelsson. Music by Fredrik Emilson. Production Design by Roger Rosenberg. Costume Design by Moa Li Lemhagen Schalin. Film Editing by Thomas Lagerman.
Lushly melodramatic film that begins with a young woman being arrested for the murder of the son of her town’s richest citizen. In lockup, she recounts her life growing up with her eccentric father, patient mother and mentally challenged brother, who was always the object of derision among his peers. Along the way she also tells the tale of her childhood love, who grows up to become the nation’s most famous hockey player (and who meets the love of his life on the team). It doesn’t have much at its centre, and does not fully make the full journey all the way to your heart, but it has an appealing cast and a good pace and is never boring, plus it plays its sentimental overtones with such unapologetic fervor that you cannot be offended by it.