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Here’s Your Life
Här har du ditt liv
dir. Jan Troell / Sweden 1966 / 169’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Jan Troell


Max von Sydow, Eddie Axberg, Catti Edfeldt, Per Oscarsson, Ulla Akselson, Bo Wahlström, Ulla Sjöblom, Holger Löwenadler, Allan Edwall, Birger Lensander, Ulf Palme, Jan-Eric Lindquist, Börje Nyberg, Gunnar Björnstrand, Åke Fridell, Bengt Ekerot

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The full-length feature debut of Jan Troell was based on a four-volume autobiography of Eyvind Johnson, The Novel of Olof (Romanen om Olof). Just like the literary version, the film depicts four years in the life of a boy from countryside Olof Persson who leaves an out-of-the-way village in Northern Sweden and his foster mother in 1914 in order to face real life. Troell carefully presents Olof's wanderings and increasing circles of his existential and social experience. This versatile image of maturing is an authentic depiction of a boy's metamorphosis into an adult man responsabile for his own life, shapes his character and strong will and follows intuitively his vocation of an author.

The director's skill to create synthetic images and the memorable performances by actors, together with the innovative style of film narrative and the masterful composition of the soundtrack, often using counterpoints and recurring music motifs - these were the elements of this surprisingly authentic depiction of the distant past. Troell managed to reconstruct it with epic momentum and a psychological deepness of human experience, shown with a poetic vision, but in a theatrically short way.

Tadeusz Szczepański

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