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Skenbart: En film om tåg (2003)

On a train in 1945 a train conductor is in charge of a motley bunch: a failed author who means well but creates chaos; a soldier who is actually on the wrong train; a doctor who wants to ... See full summary »

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Gunnar
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Marie
Kristina Törnqvist ...
Karin
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The Soldier
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The Conductor
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Märit
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Pompe
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Sixten
Jakob Stefansson ...
The Waiter
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The Bartender
Lakke Magnusson ...
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The Nun
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Young Nun (as Hanna Fred Ekman)
Ella Bjurling ...
Girl in White Cape
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On a train in 1945 a train conductor is in charge of a motley bunch: a failed author who means well but creates chaos; a soldier who is actually on the wrong train; a doctor who wants to murder his wife; a gay man who hates men; and two nuns with religious doubts. Written by Anonymous

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Peter Dalle (the director) didn't want to do any acting in the movie, but after "some certain people" (Dalle's own words) thought he should act, he agreed to be the Conductor. See more »

Goofs

The doctor's watch has a date window, but the only wristwatch with a date window available in 1945 was the then newly introduced Rolex Datejust. The doctor's watch has a square case and is clearly not a Datejust. See more »

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Nun 1: [as a man walks toward the wrong train cart] Let him walk wherever he likes, this whole train is headed straight toward the fires of hell anyway.
Young nun: I too think it's important to maintain a positive attitude.
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References Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »

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Solen lyser även på liten stuga
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Music by Kai Gullmar, lyrics by Gus Morris
Performed by Robert Gustafsson
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Excellent slapstick comedy in black and white.
17 January 2004 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Skenbart takes place in the 1940s, right after the second world war. Main character Gunnar (Gustav Hammarsten) quits his job to get a chance to "make a difference" in the bombed-out postwar Europe. He packs a book by his favourite philisopher, Ludwig Witgenstein, and embarks on a trip which will eventually prove Witgenstein's famous statement true: Nothing is what it seems.

There are two main plots, and several subplots, to this film, which takes place on a train bound for Berlin. Writer/Director Peter Dalle (also playing the role as the conductor of the train) has assembled an impressive cast including swedish legends Lena Nyman, Gösta Ekman and Robert Gustafsson. Overall, the acting is excellent.

Skenbart offers some rather twisted slapstick comedy combined with more subtle black humor (like the nun who loses her faith and starts cursing violently). It's like Killinggänget meets Peter Jackson (Braindead, Bad Taste) in Schindler's List. I laughed during most of the film, and when i woke up the next morning i laughed even more. An intelligent film for fans of Swedish comedy.


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