Directed by Peter Flinth. Sweden. 2007.
Simon Callow, Joakim Natterqvist and Sofia Helin, this is a
medieval fantasy adventure based on the Crusader trilogy of books by
Swedish writer Jan Guillou.
punishment, Cecilia is sent to a Convent, and Arn is trained as a
Knight Templar. He joins in the battle between Christians and Muslims
in the Holy Land.
from the warfare in the Middle East, Arn has to fight to reunite with
Ceilia and on a wider scale he tries to forge Sweden into one kingdom.
This is an
expensive production, indeed it is one of the highest budget Swedish
films of all time, and the photography and settings are spectacular.
Despite the budget there are no huge battle scenes to satisfy the blood
lust of many cinema goers, and the emphasis is more on a thoughtful
look at Arn's beliefs and how he overcomes the obstacles that bar him
from Cecilia. It stays as close as it can to the original books and
works on a personal level rather than as a wide-sweeping historical
epic. Perhaps it expects too much of historical adventure fans, but it
is certainly worth seeing how it deals with historical issues that
still have an impact on our society today.
It is now
released on DVD and Blu-ray by High Fliers.
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