Under the Sun (Under solen) (2000)

Under the Sun (Under solen)



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

Movie Info

Colin Nutley produced, directed and adapted for the screen H.E. Bates' short story "The Little Farm" about an older man's romantic awakening in the mid-1950's. Olof (Rolf Lassgard) is a 40-year-old virgin who has lived alone on his family's farm in Western Sweden since the death of his mother nine years before. His only friend is a 27-year-old ex-sailor named Erik (Johan Widerberg), who brags about his success with women and takes advantage of Olof's generous nature. When Olof places a newspaper … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Johanna Hald, David Neal, Colin Nutley
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Shadow Distribution

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Critic Reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (20)

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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Not much happens in Under the Sun, nor does it need to.

Full Review… | October 28, 2001
Seattle Times
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A charming, finely nuanced romance.

Full Review… | October 19, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
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Try to block out the heavy-handed symbolism and predictable plot, and concentrate on the wonderful Lassgärd.

Full Review… | October 18, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
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Audience Reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen)

Redemptive tale, lyrically told and filmed in golden hues, of a lonely Swedish farmer who hires a mysterious housekeeper with a past: can they save each other? Simplicity and the importance of trust have seldom looked so good.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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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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

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