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Directed by Fredrik Edfeldt


In the summer of 1981 a 10-year old girl is left behind with an aunt when the rest of her family goes to Africa as aid workers. The aunt, soon courted by a man, leaves the girl with the promise to return “in just a few days”. The girl doesn’t tell anyone that she is now completely abandoned and the summer passes by. With sharpening senses she gradually discovers the often absurd and careless adult world.


Theatrical Release: February 20th, 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival) 

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Distribution Olive Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:40:18 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.69 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English (burned-in)

Release Information:
Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

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DVD Release Date: February 8th, 2011

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Chapters: 8



Magnificent vérité exposition following an abandoned strawberry-haired + freckled, 10-year old protagonist - who is never even spoken by name. Her apprehensive visage through interaction with a series of characters IS the story. I was reminded quite a lot of Lucile Hadzihalilovic's excellent 2004 film, Innocence, also about young females and told largely through visuals. The Girl is masterfully crafted and beautifully realized, by first-time director, Fredrik Edfeldt.

It has what we have come to expect from Olive Films - a dual-layered, anamorphic + progressive transfer that looks about as good as the SD format can produce. It's clean - maybe a shade flat and, unfortunately, the English subtitles are burned-in. The Swedish language audio is clean and consistent.

Blanca Engström is perfect casting and she is so much of the film experience. The Girl was, appropriately, lauded on the Festival circuit is available on an English-friendly DVD from Olive Films - the first and only 'game in town' to my knowledge. We strongly recommend! 

NOTE: Hans tells us that there is a Swedish Blu-ray available with English subtitles - but it is region 'B'-locked - thanks Hans!. 

Gary W. Tooze


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