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  • Summary: Set in the Swedish countryside in 1956, this is the story of a forty-year-old man living a solitary life on his farm. One day, he places an advertisement searching for a housekeeper, who eventually takes over the household and his heart.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 88
    Movies like this are not for everyone, but arrive like private messages for their own particular audiences.
  2. Simple, earnest and workmanlike, it sings of Olof, glad and big, and how he lost his -- well, we can't say what he lost.
  3. Swedish cinema has been famous for a number of things: beautiful actresses, fine sexy psychological dramas, natural settings, cinematic bawdiness and a touch of melancholy. Under the Sun fits that profile well.
  4. Gentle and gorgeous, honoring atmosphere over attitude.
  5. Reviewed by: Gunnar Rehlin
    60
    A celebration of traditional, detailed filmmaking.
  6. The performances are likable and there's nothing really wrong with the story -- other than the fact that Nutley hardly has any story to tell.
  7. 30
    It has the melancholy mildew of both "Marty" and the 1940's weepie "The Enchanted Cottage."

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