The Black Pimpernel Reviews

  • Apr 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.

    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.

  • May 25, 2010

    Good story, bad movie

    Good story, bad movie

  • Apr 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..

    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..

  • Apr 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.

    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.

  • Dec 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?

    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?

  • Sep 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.

    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.

  • Sep 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.

    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.

  • Sep 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?

    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?

  • Aug 30, 2008

    Lo mas cliche que he visto este año. Pesima.

    Lo mas cliche que he visto este año. Pesima.

  • Aug 09, 2008

    he was truly a brave man in a tough time in Chile...

    he was truly a brave man in a tough time in Chile...