The Girl (Flickan) (2010)



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In the summer of 1981 a 10-year old girl is left behind with an aunt when the rest of her family goes to Africa as aid workers. The aunt, soon courted by a man, leaves the girl with the promise to return "in just a few days". The girl doesn't tell anyone that she is now completely abandoned and the summer passes by. With sharpening senses she gradually discovers the often absurd and careless adult world.-- (C) Olive Films
Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family
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Blanca Engström
as The Girl
Annika Hallin
as Mother
Shanti Roney
as Father
Leif Andrée
as Gunnar
Ia Langhammer
as Elisabeth
Mats Blomgren
as Ola's Father
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Critic Reviews for The Girl (Flickan)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

A kind of quiet Scandinavian cousin (OK, twice removed) to Home Alone, in which patient viewers will find sporadic rewards.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Delivers a satisfying, sun-dappled fable about the kindness of strangers and the cruelty of peers.

September 17, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The Girl -- a beguiling creation -- bodes well for the future for the helmer and his waif-like star.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Edfeldt and his extraordinary lead actor balance the scales by presenting this tragedy as a test of strength.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The pleasure lies in watching this observant, inventive child prepare to become a future artist before our eyes.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

If nothing else, see The Girl to remember what a real cinematic visual sensibility can be. Bliss out, don't read the subtitles.

Full Review… | June 20, 2016
The L Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Girl (Flickan)


Beautifully filmed, if thematically obvious, tale of a 9 year old girl who is left behind with her aunt when her family goes to Africa on a mission trip. But with her aunt runs off with a man she finds herself alone, forced to provide for herself, navigating what in many ways will be the last true summer of her childhood. It's never in question where the film is going, but director Frederik Edfeldt conveys the themes with such grace and often breathtaking beauty that it coalesces into a vibrant and lovely whole.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer


Like a Swedish Home Alone, only realistic and therefore not funny. A nine-year-old girl is left in the "care" of a selfish aunt who leaves her to go off with some guy by her equily selfish parents when they go to Africa to care for stranger's children. Most of the other adults are too wraped up in their own concerns to notice the steadily deteriorating state of the child, and the other children are generally too busy being prematurely sexualized by late 70s Swedish culture. Ultimately quite sad, though some small satisfaction in her survival is evidently intended.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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