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2 hrs, 3 mins
Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen, Alba August, Björn Gustafsson, Magnus Krepper
Pernille Fischer Christensen

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Becoming Astrid is the moving true story of a young woman’s struggle for independence in 1920s Sweden. Imaginative young Astrid Lindgren (Alba August, daughter of director Bille August and actress Pernilla August), who went on to worldwide fame as a children’s author (Pippi Longstocking), is dying of boredom on her strict family’s farm, entertaining her many siblings with tall tales, roaming the forests and fields instead of doing her chores. She jumps at the chance to work at the local newspaper office, where she is romanced by the handsome, married, but soon-to-be-divorced editor Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen, Thelma). Learning some hard life lessons, Astrid nevertheless finds within herself the courage to carry on, creating new worlds through her empathy and talent for storytelling. Alba August is wonderful in the lead role, winning our hearts, in this beautifully-realized period production. Co-stars Trine Dyrholm (Nico, 1988). Directed and co-written by Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Soap). (Fully subtitled)

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