BECOMING ASTRID

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen

2018, Sweden, 123

Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen

Cast: Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen.

 

Anyone who loved the red-haired, spunky and unconventional Pippi Longstocking will thoroughly enjoy this gorgeous Swedish film about the “real-life Pippi,” children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Born into a devout farming family in southern Sweden in 1907, Astrid (Alba August) somewhat miraculously develops into a free-thinking, imaginative teenager, and a strong willed woman ahead of her time. While an unintended pregnancy at 18 has the threat of shutting down her ambitions, Astrid fights to reject any feelings of shame. The sweet reward is in her books: an iconic portrait of girlhood, gloriously unrestrained.

“If it hadn’t been for Pippi, I wouldn’t be a director. There weren’t many role models– all we had was Cinderella.” – director Pernilla Fischer Christiansen. A New York Times Critics Pick. 


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