Under the Sun (Under solen) (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Under the Sun (Under solen) (2000)



Critic Consensus: A modest and touching story about first love.

Movie Info

In this film, Olof is a 40-year-old virgin who lives alone on his family's farm in Western Sweden. His only friend is a 27-year-old ex-sailor named Erik. When Olof places a newspaper ad for a housekeeper, an attractive woman responds, and both Olof and Erik are immediately drawn to her.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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In Theaters:
Shadow Distribution


Helena Bergström
as Ellen Lind
Johan Widerberg
as Erik Jonsson
Gunilla Röör
as Newspaper Receptionist
Jonas Falk
as Preacher
Begljot Arnadottir
as Shop Assistant
Per Sandberg
as Undertaker
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Critic Reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18)

Under The Sun is a decent, polished and rather coy romantic indulgence, just the kind of thing for people who like the idea of the farm but can't abide the dirt.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's like an Ingmar Bergman parody of what used to be racy about Swedish cinema -- sexy and sentimental and absolutely gorgeous to look at.

March 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

What's most surprising -- and enjoyable -- is Under the Sun's earnestness and simplicity.

November 8, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Not much happens in Under the Sun, nor does it need to.

Full Review… | October 28, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A charming, finely nuanced romance.

Full Review… | October 19, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Try to block out the heavy-handed symbolism and predictable plot, and concentrate on the wonderful Lassgärd.

October 18, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen)


Lush cinematography is the highlight of this movie. The story falls a bit short of its potential, but good acting and beautiful Swedish countryside almost make up for it if you are in the mood for a romantic drama.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Rolf Lassgard is wonderful in this film as is Johan Widerberg and Helena Bergstrom. It is very simplistic and beautiful with some tender moments. By the end I was very involved in the story and left feeling happy. Bravaaaa

Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn

Cute but it falls short of a total success. Think of it as grumpy middle aged men but with Swedishness throughout.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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