Here Is Your Life 1966
Hxc3xa4r har du ditt liv (original title)
M/PG | 1h 50min | Drama | 20 December 1968 (USA)
Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Eyvind Johnson, Here’s Your Life tells the story of a working-class boy coming of age in rural Sweden during the first World War. Director Jan Troell’s striking visual style is on display, as are cameos from some of Swedish cinema’s biggest stars.
Director Jan Troell filmed an autobiographical story by Eyvind Johnson about a boy coming of age in Sweden in the first decades of the twentieth century; the result is both empathetic and objective-we are touched by the kid’s hardships and triumphs, but at the same time it shows the conditions of his life clearly and even dispassionately. The movie focuses on his working life, as he finds gigs as a logger, brickyard worker, film projectionist, and sawmill helper, most of them very dangerous; on the happier side, he meets girls and becomes an avid reader. This is a beautiful movie, but not for everyone-it moves slowly, it’s in black and white, and some people might not be able to relate to the harsh life it portrays.
Director: Jan Troell
Writers: Bengt Forslund, Eyvind Johnson (novel)
Stars: Eddie Axberg, Gudrun Brost, Ulla Akselson
Language: Swedish | German | English
Release Date: 20 December 1968 (USA)
Also Known As: Here’s Your Life
Filming Locations: Boden, Norrbottens lxc3xa4n, Sweden