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Pelle the Conqueror

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The film is set in the end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but
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February 27, 2017

This is an often brutal tale which is boosted by a powerful performance from Von Sydow.
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Radio Times
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February 27, 2017

Director Bille August's adaptation of the first part of Nobel Prize winner Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume novel is genuine life-affirming drama.
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Chicago Reader
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February 27, 2017

Beneath the transparent, by-the-numbers schema there are potent elements at play in this work, but unfortunately they go unexplored.
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New Times

March 01, 2005

Von Sydow was better in Strange Brew, but still rather sweet.
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Chicago Tribune
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February 27, 2017

The chilly, oppressive Danish film Pelle the Conqueror has only one artistic aim: to wrench as much pity as possible from its audience.
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Empire Magazine
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February 27, 2017

Director Bille August and ace Scandinavian cameraman Per Holst make the film a visual treat.
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Village Voice
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February 27, 2017

Pelle itself, rather surprisingly, is a natural, organic epic, and one that opens a window on a meticulously detailed bygone world that, by film's end, you might feel as though you've visited.
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People Magazine
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February 27, 2017

The movie -- ravishingly photographed by Jorgen (Elvira Madigan) Persson -- dazzles with incident but fails to find the human focus to validate a lasting claim on the heart.
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Orlando Sentinel
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February 27, 2017

Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness.
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Film4
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February 27, 2017

Without Max Von Sydow's central performance this would be a commendable, if not particularly subtle piece of filmmaking. With it, it's something very special.
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Los Angeles Times
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February 27, 2017

The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten.
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Variety
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March 26, 2009

Pelle the Conqueror is a feature film of epic proportions and a relentlessly unsentimental look at life among the haves and, primarily, the have-nots on a big turn-of-the-century farm.
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