Under the Sun (Under solen)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Colin Nutley produced, directed and adapted for the screen H.E. Bates' short story "The Little Farm" about an older man's romantic awakening in the mid-1950's. Olof (Rolf Lassgard) is a 40-year-old virgin who has lived alone on his family's farm in Western Sweden since the death of his mother nine years before. His only friend is a 27-year-old ex-sailor named Erik (Johan Widerberg), who brags about his success with women and takes advantage of Olof's generous nature. When Olof places a newspaper ad for a housekeeper, an attractive older woman named Ellen (Helena… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Under The Sun is a decent, polished and rather coy romantic indulgence, just the kind of thing for people who like the idea of the farm but can't abide the dirt."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Not much happens in Under the Sun, nor does it need to."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A very simple, very mild romance but a nice one."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Brilliantly acted, achingly affecting and superbly photographed, Under the Sun is everything you'd want from a great love story."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"The battle lines between tradition and trend, long-term commitment and short-term desire are drawn with great subtlety."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's like an Ingmar Bergman parody of what used to be racy about Swedish cinema -- sexy and sentimental and absolutely gorgeous to look at."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A charming, finely nuanced romance."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"This charmingly low-key Swedish comedy is handsomely filmed and cleverly put together."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"If there was a subtle, truthful way to tell the sappy story of Under the Sun, the director Colin Nutley was unable to find it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"What's most surprising -- and enjoyable -- is Under the Sun's earnestness and simplicity."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Try to block out the heavy-handed symbolism and predictable plot, and concentrate on the wonderful Lassgärd."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Under the Sun succeeds in direct proportion to one's ability to fall in sync with its tentative pace and low-keyed mood."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Orlando Weekly
"... a sweet and touching story of first love."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
More reviews for Under the Sun (Under solen) on Rotten Tomatoes