Becoming Astrid

Becoming Astrid

Unga Astrid

DVD - 2019 | Swedish
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Follows the story of Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking. As a teenager, eager to break free from her loving but strict religious family in rural Sweden, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she embarks for Denmark to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and gift for storytelling to reconnect with her child.


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suzannethomas May 10, 2019

I love biopics and the Library has recently received some good ones: “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Green Book”, “Colette” and this gem, “Becoming Astrid”, which tells a part of Astrid Lindgren’s story, the creator of beloved Pippi Longstocking. Set in Sweden in the 1920’s, when free-spirited Astrid is 19 years old, the film depicts a turbulent time that will inform the woman and writer she will become.

May 04, 2019

Beautiful film, excellent story and very well acted. Highly recommended.

May 02, 2019

Outstanding film! Casting, acting, screenplay, cinematography are all excellent!

Mar 31, 2019

A beautiful film about the Astrid's youth, probably exploring her transition to adulthood, which I suspect helps explain how she became a beloved writer of children's books. If you are not moved by this film, go to the doctor and have your heart examined.

Mar 09, 2019

Biopic of celebrated author Astrid Lindgren who, in a career spanning ninety-five years, became one of the world’s most beloved writers of children’s books especially the "Pippi Longstockings" series which exemplified female empowerment before the term was even coined. As an aging Astrid opens fan mail from schoolchildren, her mind drifts back to her teen years growing up in a rural farming community. Always wilful and headstrong, Astrid rebelled against the stifling rules imposed by parents upon daughters until an unwanted pregnancy at the age of sixteen (quite a scandal in 1923) turned her life completely inside out. Director Pernille Fischer Christensen avoids hysterical clichés—Astrid’s churchgoing parents are upset but don’t turn into ogres; the baby’s father doesn’t skip town; Astrid stands tall—but despite a fine cast which includes Danish treasure Trine Dyrholm and newcomer Alba August in the lead role, the story only spans four years and never touches on Astrid’s writing career at all except for a taped message sent by a classroom of adoring fans. Interesting enough but not very engaging.

Feb 14, 2019

Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.


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