Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid)

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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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Teenaged Astrid Lindren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen). After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg's offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

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  • The director is able to show the adolescence of the author as an antecedent of what her work would be. [Full Review in Spanish

    April 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Feminist without thick strokes or without fuss in the staging, the film sets its sights on the fixity and the loss of a passionate character. [Full Review in Spanish]

    March 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A modern, emotional, tender and courageous story. [Full review in Spanish]

    March 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman.

    March 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • (Alba) August brightens the screen with a performance that begins full of youthful excitement...and then matures right before our eyes.

    January 13, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Anchored by a brilliant performance by Alba August, this is a charming-yet-realistic small gem of a film.

    December 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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