Oxen (The Ox) (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

Oxen (The Ox) (1991)

Oxen (The Ox)





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Based on a true story, the bleak period piece Oxen was co-written and directed by Ingmar Bergman's longtime cinematographer Sven Nykvist. In the small village of Småland in the late 1860s, Helge Roos (Stellan Skarsgård) works as a farmer on an estate belonging to Svenning Gustafsson (Lennart Hjulström) and his wife (Liv Ullmann). Plagued by a terrible famine, Helge illegally kills one of the Gustaffson's last oxen so his own family can eat. He and his wife, Elfrida (Ewa Fröling), feel guilty about it, but the meat keeps them alive through the winter. When he tries to sell the hide in the spring, a clergyman (Max Von Sydow) finds out and encourages him to confess. The judge sentences Helge to a life of manual labor at the state prison for his crime. When he is finally pardoned and released after six years, he returns home to Elfrida to find out that she has been supporting the family by performing sexual services, which has resulted in the birth of another child. In the 1970s, Von Sydow and Ullmann appeared together in a set of films also dealing with the Swedish famine in Jan Troell's The Emigrants and The New Land.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sven Nykvist, Lasse Summanen
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On DVD: Feb 25, 1997
Nordisk Film


Ewa Fröling
as Elfrida
Rikard Wofff
as Johannes
Agneta Prytz
as Old Woman
Björn Gustafson
as Officer in command
Jaqui Safra
as Shop Owner
Rikard Wolff
as Johannes
Agneta Pruetz
as Old Woman
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