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½ April 25, 2012
The Black Pimpernel is a story that most certainly deserves to be told. It's the true story of the Swedish ambassador in Chile during the 1973 military coup. When the military overthrow the government this man, Harald Eldestam, puts his life on the line and uses every resource at his disposal to save the lives of Chileans by housing them in the Swedish embassy and getting them to Sweden. He was an incredible man, comparable to Oscar Schindler in his selfless and tenacious efforts towards humanity. I dare say he was a braver man than Schindler having fought for the lives of people by confronting their captors face to face. What I found dissapointing was that the film is spoken in English. This is a Swedish film, about a Swedish man. Perhaps he spoke English while in Chile but I can't see why he would have? And on the odd occasion when Spanish was spoken, they weren't subtitled. Fortunately these were only brief scenes and so the plot wasn't greatly affected. Michael Nvqvist (the Millennium trilogy) is solid in the leading role and the film looks great. 90 minutes is a short running time for an important story like this and I would like to have seen it stretched out a little more... curiously this is the first film I can recall seeing with Amnesty International's stamp of approval. It's literally stamped at the end of the film along with a 5 minute interview with the real Harald Eldestam.
½ May 25, 2010
Good story, bad movie
April 21, 2009
Ruotsin oma Oskar Schindler.. Nii, onhan tämä ihan hyvä historia oopus ja ruotsalaisuuden itsentunnon kohottaja ja niin myös pohjoismaidenkin, kun lopussa itse Harald Edelstam kertoo saaneensa ainoastaan suomalaiselta kolleegaltaan apua. Todellakin tositapahtumiin perustuva tarina, mutta valitettavasti ehkä hiukan tylsästi kerrottu..
April 20, 2009
La escena de "amor" con Kate del Castillo fue completamene innecesaria en esta historia tan interesante de la vida del Diplomático sueco y de la historia chilena... y me parece que hay suficientes actrices chilenas que podían haber interpretado mejor ese papel sin necesidad de usar un acento tan forzado.
December 25, 2008
Måste ses. Ovanligt bra svensk film, byggd på sann historia inspelad på plats, lyfter fram världens mest underskattade svensk Harald Edelstam, ambassadör i Chile under kuppen -73. Välgjord och angelägen, Michael Nyqvist är fullträff. Kärleksscenerna kändes kanske lite pinsamma, det är ju inte James Bond, men å andra sidan varför inte?
½ September 29, 2008
Esta mirada "extranjera" sobre la dictadura se puede observar como una especie de "Lista de Schindler" con La Moneda de fondo. Tiene un tono a veces excesivamente melodramatico, un infaltable hilo romantico que mas que nada ensucia el todo y una calidad de produccion que no pasa de lo que seria una pelicula para television. Ni hablar de algunos latinos intentando con todos sus esfuerzos para hablar como "chilenos". Pese a todo, hay un uso de locaciones reales muy bien aprovechado, consiguiendo escenas impactantes y que permiten elevarla. Un esfuerzo que no deja de ser interesante, una historia muy atractiva, pero que se tropieza con su puesta en escena.
½ September 28, 2008
Good present and thought-provoking movie - nice to see that some people - in this case Harald Edelstam - are still willing to make sacrifices for others... A great performance of Michael Nyqvist.
½ September 21, 2008
Amazing flick, its nice to know people are still willing to risk everything for the good of other people!
½ September 18, 2008
Esta bien hecha, pero creo que le falto un poco de credibilidad... sera que es una historia tan cercana que ciertas licencias dramaticas nos chocan un poco?
August 30, 2008
Lo mas cliche que he visto este a√Īo.
August 9, 2008
he was truly a brave man in a tough time in Chile...
½ August 1, 2008
Interesting story and all in all and OK production...
½ July 29, 2008
Det enda som var Ųvertygande i den hšr filmen var nšr den verklige Harald Edelstam visades i samband med eftertexterna. Annars kšndes allt mest som nŚgot illa gjort studiojobb.
½ July 28, 2008
Such a crappy interpretation of a trule brave man. First of all, the Chileans do speak Spanish, but all the Swedes, even though the actors are Swedish, speak a terribly broken English, even to each and other inside the Embassy. If you want to see a good Swedish movie about a brave man then watch "God afton, herr Wallenberg".
July 28, 2008
The end with some footage from the real events and with real people was a nice ending - and really anchoring everything in real world.
July 27, 2008
Una interesante película que muestra la historia del diplomático sueco Harald Edelstam, encargado a la época del golpe militar de 1973, de la embajada sueca en Chile. Resulta ser que el personaje central es una especie de Schindler sueco que vivió en Chile en la época de mayor represión política.

Resulta interesante para conocer que en nuestro país existieron hombres con la fortaleza y determinación de enfrentar un regimen político brutal e irracional, salvando un centenar de vidas de compatriotas que finalmente partieron al exilio.

Absolutamente recomendada.
½ July 13, 2008
It's ok. They speak both English and Spanish in the film which is good...but the Swedes speak English together instead of Swedish - I find that a bit strange. They already have to subtitle the Spanish for the English market so why not speak Swedish as well?
½ July 10, 2008
The good and bad manifestation of Humanity; Bravery, Malice. Based on a true story. In spite of it's shortcomings in storytelling, acting, et cetera, it's important to know about these events in Chilean, and part Swedish, history. About Augusto Pinochet and his coup, the military dictatorship, and the man, Harald Edelstam.
½ July 9, 2008
Do you know how strange it is to watch a movie about Chile in English? Please! Stick to the original language and it will be much more believeable. Aside from that, the movie could have been a lot better. The scenes were disjointed and confusing and not emotionally engaging. Weak acting too. Kate del Castillo was much better in "La Misma Luna." Too bad, sounds like the man who inspired the story was pretty cool.
June 22, 2008
good story, but poor performance!
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