The Slingshot (film)
|Directed by||Åke Sandgren|
|Written by||Åke Sandgren,
Roland Schütt (novel)
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film
Svenska Filminstitutet (Sweden)
Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Box office||$309,117 (USA)|
The Slingshot (Swedish: Kådisbellan) is a 1993 Swedish drama film, starring Jesper Salén, Stellan Skarsgård and Basia Frydman. Directed by Åke Sandgren, the film was based on Roland Schütt's 1989 autobiographical novel of the same name (translates to "The Condom Slingshot").
Roland (Salén) is the 12-year-old son of a Russian Jewish mother (Frydman) and a socialist father (Skarsgård), coming of age in 1920s Stockholm. Due to his family's background, he has become an outcast to those around him, a constant target of bullying by his peers, and often humiliated and physically punished by a sadistic schoolteacher (Ernst-Hugo Järegård) in front of classmates. In retaliation against his tormentors, Roland steals condoms from his mother's tobacco shop inventory and turns them into crude slingshot weapons. He also falls in love with a neighborhood girl (Frida Hallgren), but as Roland attempts to toughen up and improve his troubled life, he also allies with the wrong group of friends and inadvertently makes himself a juvenile offender.
- Jesper Salén as Roland Schütt
- Stellan Skarsgård as Fritiof Schütt
- Basia Frydman as Zipa Schütt
- Niklas Olund as Bertil Schütt
- Ernst-Hugo Järegård as Teacher Lundin
- Ernst Günther as Principal
- Axel Düberg as Inspector Gissle
- Reine Brynolfsson as Hinke Berggren
- Heinz Hopf as Shoe salesman
- Frida Hallgren as Margit
- Tomas Norström as Boxing Trainer
- Ing-Marie Carlsson as Karin Adamsson
- Rolf Lassgård as Prisoner
The Danish-Swedish production has an 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. AllMovie critic Clarke Fountain called the film an "affectionate, richly detailed portrait", while film critic James Berardinelli gave the film three and a half out of four stars and called it "a wonderful mix of tragedy, humor, and triumph."  Conversely, the Washington Post had an unfavorable view of the movie and called the story "a catalogue of catastrophes that surely left the real protagonist with many emotional scars."
The film was the Swedish submission to the 66th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but did not make nomination.
- The Slingshot at the Internet Movie Database
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- The Slingshot at the Swedish Film Database
- The Slingshot at Rotten Tomatoes