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PELLE THE CONQUEROR (BLU-RAY)

Directed by Bille August
  • Denmark and Sweden / 
  • 1987 / 
  • Danish & Swedish with English subtitles / 
  • 157 min
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PELLE THE CONQUEROR (BLU-RAY) DVD & Online Streaming
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
"In Bille August's "Pelle the Conqueror," Max von Sydow is so astoundingly evocative that he makes your bones ache."
– Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
"The von Sydow performance is in a category by itself. It is another highlight in an already extraordinary career, and quite unlike anything that American audiences have seen him do to date."
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"[T]he film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten."
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis

Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year.

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