Let me preface by saying Under Solen appealed to two biases of my own that you may not share.
Watching subtitled films is an excellent way to boost your efforts to learn a language. So I was delighted to discover a whole shelf of Swedish films at the McKinleyville Figuereido's (giant treasure house extraordinaire; you should really check that place out).One, I am actively learning to speak Swedish, am currently very fascinated by Swedish culture, and have a soft spot for anything at all that reminds me of my dear Swedish Pappaw.
Two, I love history and am thoroughly visual, so I am easily dazzled by lush period pieces
Under Solen begins with the biblical quote,
In other words, there is nothing new or extraordinary about this story. It's just a love story.
"What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again,
there is nothing new under the sun"
Anyone who's been paying attention to my blog will realize I am very cynical about romance at the moment, so it means something when I say this was a wonderful love story. A sensitive, delicious, tugs-at-your-heartstrings love story.
The plot: It's 1956 in the lovely Swedish countryside. An illiterate farmer, Olof, lives a lonely life on his farm until one day, he advertises in the newspaper for a housekeeper -- but specifies that she should be young and send a photo. To his surprise, a city woman, Ellen, gorgeous as a pin-up girl, shows up, takes over and does a fantastic job managing everything. But the farmer's best friend is suspicious of her and determined to uncover her deep, dark secrets.
I want the land, the house, Ellen's clothes, hair and style. Just make me a two-dimensional figure and insert me in the movie so I can live there with Ellen and Olof.