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A Serious Game | Ein ernsthaftes Spiel
Stockholm at the beginning of the twentieth century. Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, and Arvid, a young journalist at the beginning of his career, fall in love at first sight. But the time is not ripe for their happiness: after the sudden death of her father, Lydia finds herself without an inheritance. Believing that he has nothing to offer her, penniless Arvid, who comes from a poor background, shies away from the idea of marriage. They part. When they meet again ten years later – both are now married and have children – they embark upon a passionate affair with unforeseeable consequences.
Director, actor and writer Pernilla August’s adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s classic 1912 novel of the same title is based on a screenplay by Lone Scherfig (Italian for Beginners, An Education). The topic under debate is the eternal question of true love. Is it merely a dream or can it ever be experienced? A romance about two people who transcend the morals of their time and discover their own, unexpected ways of fulfilling their emotions.
by Pernilla August
with Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Liv Mjönes, Michael Nyqvist
Sweden / Denmark / Norway 2016 115’

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