Ox, The (Oxen)*

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Ox, The (Oxen)*

  • 1991 ----- color ----- 88 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Sven Nykvist, screenplay by Sven Nykvist and Lasse Summanen; with Max von Sydow, Ewa Froling, Stellan Skarsgard, Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann) Based on actual events which took place in Sweden during the 1860s--a time of severe drought and a time when many Swedes fled to the United States to escape hunger and poverty. In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master's ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by the local vicar and, wracked with guilt, confesses. The vicar assures him that if he gives himself up, he'll be treated leniently, but Helge's sentence is far harsher than anyone predicted... [Letterboxed] (Funded by the Center for West European Studies) (In Swedish with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Europe, History: European, Motion Pictures: Features, Scandinavian Languages and Literature)