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Under the Sun (Under solen)

Under the Sun (Under solen) (1999)

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74

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 9

A modest and touching story about first love.

78

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 4

A modest and touching story about first love.

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Colin Nutley produced, directed and adapted for the screen H.E. Bates' short story "The Little Farm" about an older man's romantic awakening in the mid-1950's. Olof (Rolf Lassgard) is a 40-year-old virgin who has lived alone on his family's farm in Western Sweden since the death of his mother nine years before. His only friend is a 27-year-old ex-sailor named Erik (Johan Widerberg), who brags about his success with women and takes advantage of Olof's generous nature. When Olof places a newspaper

Feb 17, 2004

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (9) | DVD (2)

Under The Sun is a decent, polished and rather coy romantic indulgence, just the kind of thing for people who like the idea of the farm but can't abide the dirt.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's like an Ingmar Bergman parody of what used to be racy about Swedish cinema -- sexy and sentimental and absolutely gorgeous to look at.

March 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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What's most surprising -- and enjoyable -- is Under the Sun's earnestness and simplicity.

November 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Not much happens in Under the Sun, nor does it need to.

October 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A charming, finely nuanced romance.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Try to block out the heavy-handed symbolism and predictable plot, and concentrate on the wonderful Lassgärd.

October 18, 2001 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
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A very simple, very mild romance but a nice one.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
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This charmingly low-key Swedish comedy is handsomely filmed and cleverly put together.

November 3, 2002
Kansas City Star

Under the Sun succeeds in direct proportion to one's ability to fall in sync with its tentative pace and low-keyed mood.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Brilliantly acted, achingly affecting and superbly photographed, Under the Sun is everything you'd want from a great love story.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

If there was a subtle, truthful way to tell the sappy story of Under the Sun, the director Colin Nutley was unable to find it.

October 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

... a sweet and touching story of first love.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The battle lines between tradition and trend, long-term commitment and short-term desire are drawn with great subtlety.

October 11, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen)

Redemptive tale, lyrically told and filmed in golden hues, of a lonely Swedish farmer who hires a mysterious housekeeper with a past: can they save each other? Simplicity and the importance of trust have seldom looked so good.
January 22, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Cute but it falls short of a total success. Think of it as grumpy middle aged men but with Swedishness throughout.
December 11, 2012
John Ballantine

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