Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren)
Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Pelle itself, rather surprisingly, is a natural, organic epic, and one that opens a window on a meticulously detailed bygone world that, by film's end, you might feel as though you've visited.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The chilly, oppressive Danish film Pelle the Conqueror has only one artistic aim: to wrench as much pity as possible from its audience.

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Diane Carson
KDHX (St. Louis)

As Lasse, Max von Sydow brings his supremely accomplished acting to the role.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Director Bille August and ace Scandinavian cameraman Per Holst make the film a visual treat.

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Kurt Jacobsen
Chicago Reader

Beneath the transparent, by-the-numbers schema there are potent elements at play in this work, but unfortunately they go unexplored.

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Variety Staff

Pelle the Conqueror is a feature film of epic proportions and a relentlessly unsentimental look at life among the haves and, primarily, the have-nots on a big turn-of-the-century farm.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Director Bille August's adaptation of the first part of Nobel Prize winner Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume novel is genuine life-affirming drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A father and son move to a Denmark village where they try to make ends meet amid poverty and few opportunities for advancement. Heart-breaking and stark, Pelle… More
John Ballantine
I remember Max Von Sydow at the Oscars as the afterthought as I'm sure most of the Academy had not taken in Pelle the Conquerer. It is an epic to sit… More
Daisy Maduro
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