The Simple-Minded Murderer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Simple-Minded Murderer
The Simple-Minded Murder.jpg
Swedish cover.
Directed by Hans Alfredson
Written by Hasse Alfredson
Narrated by Stellan Skarsgård
Starring Stellan Skarsgård
Hasse Alfredson
Maria Johansson
Music by Rolf Sersam, Giuseppe Verdi
Cinematography Rolf Lindström, Jörgen Persson
Editing by Jan Persson
Distributed by Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Release dates
  • 12 February 1982 (1982-02-12)
Running time 108 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

The Simple-Minded Murderer (Swedish: Den enfaldige mördaren) is a 1982 Swedish drama film directed by Hans Alfredson, starring Stellan Skarsgård, as the feeble-minded Sven Olsson.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in 1930's Skåne, Sweden, and focuses on Sven, who is hare-lipped and thus can't speak correctly. Most people consider him stupid, and call him an idiot.

The film begins with Sven and a woman, who we later learn is called Anna, driving an old car across the landscape. The sun is setting, and in the sky Sven sees three angels. He and Anna hide in an old house, and while Anna makes herself comfortable, Sven throws a huge, bloodstained blade into a well. He lies down beside Anna and starts his inner monologue about how it all began.

When Sven's mother died, he was "taken care of" by Höglund (Hans Alfredsson), an evil factory owner who is a member of the local Nazi party, and lives on a farm. Sven must work on Höglund's farm without pay, and sleep among cows in the stables, where he is tormented by a rat. Being very goodhearted, Sven cannot make himself drown the animal once he has caught it, because he simply can't take another life.

Cast[edit]

Awards and reception[edit]

The film was loved by critics and viewers alike. It won the awards for Best Director (Hans Alfredsson), Best Film and Best Actor (Stellan) at the 18th Guldbagge Awards.[1] Stellan also won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival for his role as Sven.[2]

The well-known Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman also enjoyed the film. Calling it: "A deep indignation, turned into a powerful fairy-tale. Hasse Alfredssons resources seems unlimited and my admiration for his creativity and the wealth of his ideas are absolute".[3]

Trivia[edit]

  • The story is based on a short chapter in Alfredson's book En Ond man (An Evil Man). The chapter was called "Idiotens berättelse" ("The Idiot's Story") and was an inner monologue held by the then nameless narrator.
  • Another inspiration for the movie came when Alfredson first heard Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. A piece of music, he found very powerful and he knew he wanted to use that in a movie
  • In preparation for the role as the evil Höglund, Alfredson used to curse and stamp on the ground in order to get really angry.
  • Alfredson has stated in an interview that the character of Sven is loosely based on a real person, named Hans, whom he once knew. Höglund is also based on a real person and a scene from the movie, when Höglund throws a poor farmers money into the fireplace on christmas eve is based on a true story.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Den enfaldige mördaren (1982)". Swedish Film Institute. 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1982 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  3. ^ ""Vem fan i svensk film kommer på att det ska komma tre änglar tågande?"". 2000-01-22. 
  • Staffan Schöier & Stefan Hermelin (2005). Hasse & Tage: Svenska Ord & co: Saga & Sanning ISBN 978-91-0-011600-2

External links[edit]