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Becoming Astrid pays tribute to a beloved character's creator with a biopic that proves the story behind the scenes is just as timelessly engaging.
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Throughout "Becoming Astrid," August acquits herself brilliantly; the woman we come to know is a tangle of impulses and qualities, and feels vibrantly alive.
Though "Becoming Astrid" is unflinching in its depictions of Astrid's pain, it does not wallow. A shallower story would be rife with villains, but there are none here.
Pippi Longstocking has sometimes been called an icon of feminist girl-power. If "Becoming Astrid' makes anything clear, it's that the character's creator was something of one herself.
This film about an exemplary woman, made by women, is as much a pleasure as it is a lesson.
Hansen's relaxed camera movements and fuzzy-soft compositions are quite beautiful, and the performances - including the superb Trine Dyrholm as the baby's Danish foster mother - are pitch-perfect.
Christensen portrays Lindgren as a born storyteller but delves into the vital time in her development when confounding expectation gave way to building her own narrative.
Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman.
(Alba) August brightens the screen with a performance that begins full of youthful excitement...and then matures right before our eyes.
Anchored by a brilliant performance by Alba August, this is a charming-yet-realistic small gem of a film.
It's more about the evolution of an attitude, a mindset, and a philosophy on life than a single book or character.
Becoming Astrid's saving grace is Alba August. She is in almost every frame of this film, and gives life to what, on paper, amounts to a Lifetime channel biopic.
Director and co-writer Pernille Fischer Christensen has crafted a powerful coming of age story that is also a story of how society slowly transforms.
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