You’re Out of Your Mind, Maggie 1979
Du är inte klok, Madicken (original title)
1h 44min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 14 December 1979 (Sweden)
Madicken is a Swedish girl from the upper level family, growing up during the time of first world war which did not include Sweden. She lives happily with her family, experiencing the world and making brave and crazy things.
I watched this movie several times before I got to the stage where I wanted to know what everyone was saying. Firstly I worked out the title (as I have written it above), and then a friend who speaks fluent Swedish offered to help me translate the entire dialog. I have spent more than 30 hours creating English subtitles for this movie.
Due to copyright laws however, I am unable to distribute the movie, with the subtitles. Still, I enjoy watching it and being able to know what is being said. Madicken is truly a little sweetheart, as is her sister Lisabet! I would be proud to call either one of them mine!
As for the nudity, this is normal in that part of the world (and should be in ALL parts of the world). It has NOTHING to do with porn or pedophilia. People who see it as such are narrow-minded and uneducated. Being naked is natural, especially when you are a child. I don’t think the movie would be the same without it.
The more I watch this movie the more I am inspired to continue learning the language. It’s a production that takes you to another place and time. The continuity and attention to detail is first-rate. The scenery is magnificent.
If you can find a copy of it, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone – young and old alike. Sadly, if you don’t understand Swedish (or German if you have the dual-language version) then it probably won’t have the same interest.
Director: Göran Graffman
Writers: Astrid Lindgren (novels), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay)
Stars: Jonna Liljendahl, Liv Alsterlund, Monica Nordquist
Release Date: 14 December 1979 (Sweden)