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|Original title:||Unga Astrid|
|Direction:||Pernille Fischer Christensen|
|Production country:||Schweden/Dänemark/Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 123 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
No one in 1920s Sweden could have guessed that the girl with the pigtails, who doesn't like to abide by rules and often seems to live in her very own world, would one day become one of the most popular children's book authors in the world. The publisher Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen) quickly sees that the young Astrid (Alba August) is something very special when the 18-year-old girl starts as an intern at his newspaper. Despite the big age difference the two fall in love and Astrid gets pregnant. A catastrophe for her strictly religious family, which is why she is sent to Copenhagen, where she gives birth to her son. From now on the boy grows up with a foster mother (Trine Dyrholm), while Astrid builds up a new life in Stockholm. But soon she realizes: she doesn't want to lead this without her child…
"Astrid" tells only a short part of the life of Astrid Lindgren, long before she was able to celebrate great success with her books. Of course, here and there small scenes are interspersed which give an idea of what inspired the writer to create characters such as Pipi Longstocking or Lausejung Michel. But all in all, it is rather the story of a young woman who opposes social norms in order to be with her son.
It's a very moving story, because the boy grew up with a foster mother during the first years of his life and doesn't really know his real mother. So the young Astrid does not only have to make ends meet as a single mother - which was even more difficult in the 1920s than it is today for various reasons. She must also try to establish a connection with her own - and yet somehow strange - child. Alba August plays the young Astrid Lindgren with a convincing mixture of childlike naivety and rebellious strength.
It is also you who rescues the object active any of its statesman drawn-out point. Director Pernille Fischer Christensen has staged a moving drama that suffers from several clichés and stenciled characters. The convincing main actress and some very nice, emotional moments prevent "Astrid" from slipping completely into mediocrity. And for that there is a deserved one: Worth seeing!
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